Every once in awhile, I don’t connect with a book on its surface. I can see the merit, and I know the story will be wonderful for someone else, just not for me.
However, if I take a moment to look at the story in a deeper context, it resonates something powerful. The work becomes more than the sum of its words. So it is with Inherited, by Freedom Matthews.
To be fair, romance isn’t my go-to genre. Actually, I never read pure romance, and I’m far too cynical to believe in the “true love at first glance” trope. Picking up the novel, I hoped to connect as an author and learn about the mechanics of storytelling in a genre that grossed $1.8 billion just three years ago.
Overall, the story is very well written. Matthews has wonderful command of language, and her voice captivates the audience. In exposition, the protagonists go through violent emotional sw...
As an author, I seek advice from successful authors. I read and watch other authors’ interviews and parse out advice they offer. I take it all at face value. With my limited experience, who am I to say that something is ridiculous?
Also, I like defined goals. Something quantitative I can measure as a step toward progress. So, when I heard about writing word count goals, I found something that worked for me. I gravitated toward the mantra of 1,000 words a day. Something about 750, the common throw-around, just wasn’t enough for my method. Granted, 1,000 words a day, every day, just isn’t feasible when you build worlds the way I do (more on that in a future blog, PROMISE!) However, on my writing days, I found 1,000 words a day just smooth as silk.
For about three months now, I’ve cranked out short stories in t...