The act of writing is simple. It can be as simple as picking up a pen or pencil and writing down a list of things to do today, or as complicated as planning out an entire series of novels, or drawing up complicated contracts for a company.
But when it comes to my own writing, I can’t help but think that it’s far too simple. I’m currently reading through the proof copy of my next book, “London Darkness: Infernal Inventions,” and as I read through it, I find myself wondering if my descriptions and my sentences are too simple. I’ve been told before that there are a lot of prolific details in my first chapter, which helps me to think that maybe I have nothing to worry about. But, that feeling still lingers.
I often worry that my descriptions are so boring and bland that the reader isn’t going to have any idea what I’m talking about. I try to provide good visualizations, and I think they’re mostly successful. But maybe I’m just too self-loathing about my own writing.
It’s a similar situation with my sentences. Some times they are quite short, and I’ll end up with two or three short sentences in a row. I can’t help but feel like that is bad writing. But, on the other hand, I’ve read on other blogs that it’s okay to break some grammatical and technical rules sometimes, because that’s how we use our voice best. Perhaps my voice is short and simple? I’m not really sure. I suppose it’s really up to the readers to decide, and I’ll just have to learn from that.
Goodness, that was quite a rant. Anyway, do you often feel the same way about your writing? Do you think your writing could use a little spicing up?