SHOOTING STAR is a contemporary romance, darker and edgier than my Missed Connections series. I'm really excited to see this one finally come out as I've been working on it for years. Releasing March 6!
Our topic this week at the SFF Seven is "How do you keep your story from being too complex?"
...and I don't know.
I mean, what is TOO complex? I'm thinking that sometimes there's too much story to fit into a single book, which is probably why my series tend to expand.
It can be a mistake of newbie writers to think a story needs MORE. I used to worry about that, especially with the first novel I wrote. I worried that the story didn't have ENOUGH. Enough of what, I'm not sure. But, that was before I understood that the actual details of the story are much less important than how the story is told. It's the author's voice we fall in love with. Details, while they may add to the atmosphere of the story, tend to be forgettable.
So I think it's key to keep in mind that simple is good. If we're feeling the impulse to add to the story, simply to add, that's almost certainly not necessary.
Sunday, February 25, 2018
Keep It Simple, Sister
Posted by Jeffe Kennedy at 3:00:00 PM
Labels: Jeffe Kennedy, Keep it simple, KISS, Shooting Star
Jeffe Kennedy is a multi-award-winning and best-selling author of romantic fantasy. She is the current President of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA) and is a member of Novelists, Inc. (NINC). She is best known for her RITA® Award-winning novel, The Pages of the Mind, the recent trilogy, The Forgotten Empires, and the wildly popular, Dark Wizard. Jeffe lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico. She is represented by Sarah Younger of Nancy Yost Literary Agency.
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I appreciate this about your work.ReplyDelete
Thank you - and thank you for always taking the trouble to comment :-)Delete
Awesome cover! And the guts of the story are just as wonderful. I'm reading it right now for a blog review ;)ReplyDelete
Hmm...a good point. It makes me think of some books I've read where there is too much going on that it detracted from the characters and their journey. Here I thought it was just I didn't 'get' those particular SF books. A nice post!
Yay! I'm so pleased to hear that :DDelete
And yeah - I think it's almost cliché that the sprawling epic fantasy or the super-tech-focused hard SF books do this. I think in many cases, those writers aren't interested in the characters as much as the worlds or ideas/themes.
Hmm, I agree with that statement. Glad you love your characters!!Delete