Sometimes I have this awful pattern when I write.
I work really hard at something, script it according to my super awesome storyline, and then I get super wound up because I don’t feel it is ‘exciting enough.’
It needs to be faster.
AWESOME-ER! (Is that a word? I don’t think so.)
I felt this especially with a book I was working on recently (Dare: Dark Republic) and even now with another (High King)
Then I remembered Harry Potter.
I haven’t read them in ages, but I love the Harry Potter books. I also love the movies, but the books are awesome. The reason they are awesome is they seem more intimate.
It is less about this smack of awesomeness in the face, and more about little things, and bits and pieces, and what may feel like redundant scenes but are actually really cool pretty bits that allow you to feel closer to characters.
This is the very special thing about books, and why – like most things – you shouldn’t rush yourself.
When you are writing a book, don’t feel like every single piece has to be action packed awesomeness.
In saying this, it doesn’t mean you can turn it into a total in-joke-snore-fest, it just means if you need to go deeper, or walk slower through a storyline, let yourself do that.
With movies, the film has around about 2 hours (or five million if it is the Hobbit) to communicate everything.
With books, you have as many pages as you need to make your way through the circumstances of your storyline, pacing yourself well, and working with intensity and climax to make something really awesome that can’t be devoured in a short period of time.
I don’t know if you’ve ever felt like this. Where you literally delete something and start again because you think it’s boring. If you have, this is just a reminder that a book is not a movie.
Don’t be boring, but let it be a book after all.