Thursday, June 11, 2009

My goals

I was thinking this morning as I threw balls for the dog outside (this seems to be my new purpose in life, now that diaper-changes and bottles are things of the past), about my recent writing hiatus and what I really want to do with this novel.

First of all, I think I need a new title. I've no idea what, but I always knew the current one was a little lame. Titles are not my forte.

More importantly, I want a book that both men and women will enjoy reading. My girlfriends love what they've read so far; my husband hates it. I don't expect him to like anything that doesn't have firearms in it, but he did have some interesting feedback. I recently came across a statistic that only 20% of fiction is read by men, which makes me feel a little better about catering to the female crowd.

Since I've decided to alternate points of view between the hero and heroine, I want a very clear, consistent voice for both of them. One of the things I want to highlight is how very differently these two people perceive what is happening around them, and the personal barriers they must overcome to get together in the end.

This means overcoming my fear of emotion. I am so paranoid about making the book sound like a romance novel that I've shied away from the more intense passages. Perhaps that's why Tolkein made his heroes confirmed bachelors. It's hard to make the brave adventurer seem studly while he's secretly torn up inside by his feelings for the lovely maiden. But that's something both Faldur and I will have to overcome.


Pam Halter said...

The good thing about writing fantasy is that your audience is both male and female. The sales people and books stores don't have to worry where to place your book. It simply goes into the fantasy category.

But if you do want male readers, you'll definately need to include lots of action/battle scenes and sword play. Then you can get away with some romance.

Terry Brooks writes well that way. I'm rereading "The Elfstones of Shannara" right now. This is the book that inspired me to write fantasy. He has both battles and a little romance. It's worth reading, if you haven't.

Amy Jane (Untangling Tales) said...

Wow. "fear of emotion. I am so paranoid about making the book sound like a romance novel"

That sounds so like me.

I think it's helped to read fantasies that included romance, to see people who did it well, and also to read a well done romance (a blogging friend recently started being published, so I read her stuff).

It's given me some perspective for my own work.

MitMoi said...

lol - sign me up for the "fear of emotion" camp too!

I'm not too worried about sounding like a romance novel. More worried that I will sound curmudgeonly and show all the warts and blisters in a relationship. Who wants to read about that?

Unfortunately there were more women involved in the Gold Rush than I originally supposed. I'm trying to keep all the main characters single, but I think they're revolting. lol

Christine H said...

Men usually do, Mit! :-) Or should I say, Characters usually do?

Christine H said...

P.S. Are you Josiah's author? He's fabulous - I can tell you've done some excellent research.