A ‘Novel’ Question

Every time I write something (and I think other people can attest to the same problem), something comes up that throws me for a loop.  Sometimes its a question of how to get from one point to another, and sometimes it’s a broader, novel-long issue.

One of my struggles with writing Into the Shadows has been how to show Rani’s descent to darkness without making it overbearing.  What I want is to do is at once make her decisions understandable and at the same time leave readers with the understanding that what she’s doing is wrong (without shoving it down their throats, because that’s annoying).

If you were reading a book about a character turning down a bad road, what would you want to see?

3 thoughts on “A ‘Novel’ Question”

  1. I totally sympathize! For me right now, it is making sure I accurately portray England during 1940 while making sure the novel follows the guidelines of a mystery. I totally agree with what you are saying. I would want to see the characters bad decisions and see that he or she is going down the wrong path. Seeing why he or she chose to make that decision and why they feel it is right allows readers to understand where that character is coming from. I hope my answer to your question makes sense. I am a bit tired.


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