Today I’m participating in the TWCT montly blog chain, hosted by Teens Can Write, Too! This month’s prompt is: “What is something you feel is generally written well in fiction? What is something you feel is generally written poorly?”
I think something that is generally written well in fiction is a multi-dimensional protagonist. Since writers are people, they of course know the feelings that go through the minds of people. The know that at any moment, there can be a full range of conflicting thoughts in one’s mind. Most authors understand different emotions that can be felt in reaction to certain circumstances and are able to draw off of their experiences to infuse these emotions into their writing.
Additionally, every human being has both positive traits and flaws. Including writers, even if they may seem more like secret superheroes with super powers than normal people. Oftentimes, writers draw from this fact of life and create their characters so that they have both flaws and positive traits. Doing this brings the characters to life. And because characters are often a reflection of all the experiences of a writer, who is a human just like the readers, readers can see themselves in the characters. They connect with these characters and grow to love them.
One thing that is generally written poorly in fiction are unusual experiences such as trudging through the Amazon or living the life of a monkey or being Loki. Sure, there’s research that a writer can do to try to recreate the experience as best as possible, but ultimately, they won’t be able to completely recreate the true emotions that someone would feel if they lived through an unusual experience. Readers usually don’t discern this, but they might, and that might end up detracting from the overall experience of reading the book.
What do you think is generally written well or generally written poorly in fiction?
Now you can go check out the other blogs participating in the chain. Go! Go!
11th – http://kirabudge.weebly.com/
29th – http://teenscanwritetoo.wordpress.com/ (We’ll announce the topic for next month’s chain.)