New and Interesting Worlds

Much of what I’m learning of writing has come from reading.  I’m sure this is true with most writers, but I have been fortunate enough to come across some really unique books in the past few months, so I am eager to share what I have learned.

The most recent book I read had a few things that drove me a crazy, but I kept reading because I’d never read a fantasy story with a world like the one created in this story.  There were creatures I’d never heard of, and a way of separating the mortal world with the world of magic that I’d never imagined.  I loved exploring this amazing world with the main character, even as I tried to overlook some of the frustrating things about this writer’s style.

Happily, I finished this novel and looked for another novel by this author.  I discovered several more books in this series and immediately started on another one.

A problem, however, very quickly occurred.  I realized, after learning all about this incredible world, there was not much to keep my interest.  Things like stereotypical characters, predictable plots, and tedious, somewhat pointless sections, suddenly became a much bigger problem.  I plan to continue reading this book as long as I can, and hope that I find reasons to keep reading, but I find it surprising how important exploring this new world was to my overall enjoyment of this book.

This fact really made me curious about what a winning novel really needs.  Yes, it would be amazing if it had everything, but is being really good in one way enough?  Can it “carry” an entire novel?


About lisamorrowbooks

Lisa Morrow is a life-long reader who treasures fantasy in all forms. Being a middle child in a large family gave her a unique perspective on the world, but few experiences compare to her time spent studying abroad in Cambridge, England and wandering throughout Europe. After her travels, Lisa settled down in Arizona to teach junior high English, and later, to spend time with her young children, husband, and cats. To some people, her life may seem quiet. But to her, every day is spent in a world colored by the imagination of children, and fantastical worlds created by her very own mind.
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