Tuesday, April 30, 2013
Tuesday's Inspiration - A long running series by CJ Cherryh #amreading
Today's inspiration is a bit different. I don't have a quote from this author but I really like the books. I've just finished reading number 14 in the series and am really waiting for the next one but I know some time will pass. Actually, when I find a lull in my reading, I'll probably re-read all the stories. I first found these books in 1994, actually the first of the books.
So what fascinated me about the story. The first thing was the main character - Bren. The second was the totally different culture the writer envisioned. I was led into the culture and the story by the reading of the book, not by large bits of background.
Reading these books did a number of things for me as a writer. I tend to write trilogies and reading this allowed me to make one of my what started out to be one book into four rather than the three trilogy style.
Second, I learned that having a character who comes alive is a must if writing stories that continue past the first book. Another is that adding characters who become main ones also aids in writing a series. I'll never do anything this long but I appreciate the things I've learned by reading the 14 books in the series. The last thing was if you're writing a series, be sure to end the book so the reader wants the next one immediately.