Dresden Files

I’ve spent most of the week reading Fool Moon, Book Two of the Dresden Files. I’m enjoying it so far. I’m not sure I’m learning much from it. One thing that I’ve noticed that I could use some help with is descriptions. Jim Butcher has a great way of describing things. That is something that I lack. I tend to focus more on the characters and what they’re doing instead of the background around them. If it’s important, I’ll mention it. That’s not always the best way to tell a story. Lack of descriptions has been one common bit of feedback that I’ve received. I’ve never really decided to work on it, but now I know it’s something that I need to do. Descriptions are important!!!

Descriptions of the environment are hard for me. I’ve never put much thought into my character’s surroundings. I never know how much description to put into the narrative. I fear putting too much information, you know, info-dumping. How much is too much? When does description get in the way of the narrative? I haven’t been able to find the middle ground. Trial and error is what’s needed.

In the meantime, I’m going to continue reading Dresden Files and soak up as much information as I can. I’m also trying to get more ideas about Monster Hunting Prince as well.

Thanks for reading!

XPJ

A Change in Style

Hello all. Lately I’ve been feeling like my writing style hasn’t changed in many years. I feel that my writing is a little infantile. Infantile is the word I use to describe the reading level of my prose. While I want to write for adults, I don’t think my prose reads like it’s for adults. I think that it’s more suited for YA, and I don’t want to be a YA writer. My writing is heavily influenced by Power Rangers when I was a teenager. I think that I haven’t progressed from that influence. I want to adopt a new, more adult writing style using characters closer to my age (35!!! WOW!) and more adult themes. I have been working on an outline for the monster hunting prince idea for a while, but I’ve decided to hold off on it to do some research. What is this research? I’m going to read the Dresden Files books to see what I can learn. I’m on the second book “Fool Moon”. The story is alright so far. I just hope that I can learn something good about Jim Butcher’s style. 🙂

Well, that’s it for now. I’ll check in with you all later!

Thanks for reading!

XPJ