by Shelt Garner
I have a lot — A LOT — of plot, but my characterizations in this novel continue to be wanting. Much to my chagrin, most of my characters remain just “moods” that have traits that come and go for simple expediency sake. That is something I need to change, big time.
That is probably — at the moment at least — the biggest difference between my novel and the stuff that my “teacher’ Stieg Larsson wrote. He was really good at drawing readers in by having really interesting and colorful characters that readers wanted to hang out with.
I’m getting there. My heroine is starting to come unto her own, especially given that I’ve made her have a “Barry”-like sharp dichotomy to her life. The whole thing is really interesting, even if I could see some members of the fucking “woke cancel culture mob” wanting to eat me alive for even doing it in the first place.
But, I get it. I’m a smell CIS white male. I can’t help that I’m not a transgendered undocumented immigrant. I am who I am and I just have to deal with the consequences.
Anyway. Things continue to move forward. I hope to get a lot — A LOT — of writing done on this third draft this weekend.