I have been a writer for a very long time. I make my living by writing… whether it be emailing or blogging away. Regardless, my favorite form of writing is actually fiction writing. You see, fiction writing allows us to truly give in to the illusion around us. It allows us to explore life in meaningful and often unique ways, ways that we may never had anticipated before. The raw tragedy of all of this is that fewer and fewer people are picking up books.
However, with the advent of the Kindle and other amazing ebook stores, I believe the tide is truly turning. People ARE reading books. They are reading them in droves now! Look what Amazon did and it is easy to see that people are getting back into the wide wild world of fiction.
So what is my goal with this website? Well, I guess nothing in particular.
I would love to showcase a few stories, maybe even debut a novel. Likely, I will do hardly anything because like every great fiction writer out there… I am very lazy.
That being said, I will probably write more articles on here talking about weird aspects of fiction you may never have thought about. Things that likely will interest no one else but me… but… whatever!
IT IS MY WEBSITE! AND I DO WHAT I WANT!
And all that jazz.
Now with all of that said, I want to leave you with this video.
It is a video narration of one of the many, numerous and haunting short stories of Thomas Ligotti. If you have no clue who Thomas Ligotti is, have no fear, most people do not. He is super underground, yet he carries the new horror crown. Truly, Ligotti is the heir to Lovecraft, no small claim by any means. Without further ado… enjoy this narration and the rest of my website.
The wide world of literature leads us to many different rooftops and viewpoints. It might be a weird thing to discuss, but the way a roof is described in a piece of literature is actually very telling. In fact, many such details as this are telling signs of good literature. These little details such as food, clothing people are wearing, and even the kind of commercial roofing system characters have can all add a 3 dimensional feel to a story.
This is an important thing. It is through multi-dimensional characters and story arcs that make a terrific story. The deeper the details go, the deeper the reader will feel for the world that the writer has made with his ink and computer pixels splashing across the screen.
One of my friends recently came to me talking to me about what makes a good story, I told them flatly that it is all about the characters. The characters you create need to have weaknesses more than strengths. Sure, strength is good but it is the weakness that a character displays that really endears us to the character, makes us relate. Maybe the character is the owner of a Northern Contractors business, a brand new business that they are trying to build. Why are they building it? Maybe this character is a single mom trying to support herself in a man’s world. The contracting business after all is very much male dominated. Now this angle gives us an interesting take, for one what kind of woman is she for becoming a contractor?
The real answer will develop as the story itself unfolds. It is these kind of angles that are important. It is these angles that make the story important in the first place. In this example, we may learn of the commercial roofing she does to pay the bills. Or maybe she gets into a fight with her vendor that sells her the materials for her latest and greatest EPDM roofs. There is all sorts of richness now… all because of a certain detail, a certain weakness or oddity that marks a character as different.
In this case that oddity is a woman in the world of contractor work who is selling commercial roofing services, while also being a single mom trying to raise her son to have a good life and a good education so he can better himself in a very competitive world. The details we paint become small subtle clues as to what makes a great story. When you add all these subtle clues together, they make the best story that can be told. It is these kind of stories that win actual awards in the land of the Fiction Kingdom.
Now ask yourself, what can you do to make YOUR characters more likely to stand out with their bold weaknesses? What is the kind of roof THEY live under?