Question 4

(I have intentions of adding a new question every week.  Sometimes life gets in the way.)

Q4: What do you find the hardest part about writing? And what’s your favorite and/or easiest part? Anna.

Sometimes the hardest part is getting started; then again, sometimes that’s the easiest.  Consistently though the most difficult part about writing is keeping the flow going. All stories need to go from point A to point B to C etc. It’s tempting to skip D to get to E if E is going to be exciting, and then I have to backtrack. My head knows what happened during D, but the reader doesn’t. I hope that makes sense. After I exhaust point E, it can be a “now what?” situation, and I have to step back and figure out something new.

Another difficult part is getting involved with the characters. I had someone recently tell me that my stories are so real. That is a goal of mine: to keep it real. The way I do that is to feel what everyone in the story is going through, and that’s both good and bad. I’ve had the story affect my real life, and my real life affect the story.

My favorite part of a story is making things happen the way I want them to be. I can make someone happy or I can kill them off. That’s kind of powerful if you think about it.

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