To me, writing is all about entertaining the reader. It’s about providing the reader with a story that will captivate their emotions, and always leave them wanting to know more.
I know when an author has done a great job when I finish reading a series and I’m almost sad there aren’t any more books to read. The story has finished, and it has left me not wanting to let go.
When it comes to my own writing, I think I critique myself too harshly sometimes. However, I don’t suppose that it a bad thing, to a point.
When I write, I always feel that I never put in enough detail. I always feel like the reader is going to be confused and not know what is going on. Or, I feel that I haven’t described a character well enough. I feel like the reader isn’t provided with enough information to fully visualize what the character looks like. Sometimes I find it hard to move outside of the basic characteristics such as hair color, eye color, and height. I want the reader to know as much as they can about the character.
Other times, I feel that I don’t describe the setting well enough, or what a character is feeling. Obviously, setting and character feelings are a crucial part to any story, and must be adequately describe to the reader so they have a full understanding of what the character is going through so they can relate with the character and essentially form a bond or connection with them. If that can be accomplished than it will be much easier for the reader to, in a sense, feel what the character is feeling, and will get them into the story much more.
Hopefully, I will be able to master the crafts of description and be able to provide a story that captivates the reader, and allows them to read the story with all of their senses so they can fully enjoy each word.
Which leaves me with my question to you, the reader: How do you judge your writing?