I will admit I tried to write the ever popular stories all with happy ending kind of books. I tried to follow the modern dormant style of writing but I never got further than a few pages because it wasn’t me.
I felt I was writing something just because that genre was popular but not who I’m. I learned in writing one has to be true to yourself before you can write. If the subject or storyline doesn’t interest you no matter how popular it is you aren’t going to do a good job on it. These are the three type of characters I am literally quick to kill of.
- I can’t write stories where the characters bitch all the time, complains all the time and just make everyone miserable including me. I kill off such characters really fast.
2. I can’t write stories where the main character is sitting around waiting for someone to rescue him or her. Had I written the Handmaid Tales. Offred would have killed the General when she had him alone and burned the house down on everyone to make her escape. My characters do not think “Woe is me.” They think, “Woe is you when I get my hands on you. Just you wait buddy!”
3. I can’t write about depressed through out the entire story type of characters. If a character stay too moody they start to get on my nerves. There’s a different in my opinion than a character having a bad day than someone moody for no good reason.
Writing aggressive characters, to me is more fun than writing about passive ones.
Above is the poster for the first book I wrote at age 12. Well, I started on it at age 12 but didn’t finish it until I was 20.
In short, to be good at what you write it has to be something you enjoy writing about.