Why your story stinks (and how to air it out…)

Hi guys!

it’s another bright and sunny day in Singapore. Have you been working on your anthology submission? If not, procrastinate no more!! Even if you can’t finish in a day, it’s alright because there is still time till the deadline at the end of November. Just work a little on it every day and you’ll soon begin to see progress. Better than going, “oh…I have no time…no time!!” =x

Excuses take time too you know. Might as well spend the time on your submissions. =3

Right! Was browsing through Twitter just now when I found this link on why your story stinks. So does your story stink? Does it have unbelievable characters who act like cardboard figurines? Does it linger too much on the loving description of a particular branded bag? =x

I’m now reading a book where the author loves to name all the branded stuff her characters bring around and it’s kind of distracting to see her place more emphasis on the items that bear no or little importance to the plot. Sure I know they’re rich girls but hey, a subtle description sometimes works better than flinging every single possible brand name into the story. It reads like an advertorial and sadly hollow.

It’s not that the plot isn’t credible or something. The story is on 4 pretty girls who are caught up in the stormy aftermath of their “BFF”‘s murder but somehow, I don’t feel like I can identify with any of the girls. Maybe because the author spends too little time on character development and flits from girl to girl like musical chairs. And the way she handles atmosphere in the story is just not skillful enough. I get more details about the surroundings than the story itself.

Not that I’m in any way a master yarn spinner but from a reader’s point of view, this particular story doesn’t leave me panting for more. It’s almost as if the author is too caught up in spinning her story and she forgets about her readers.

So whether you’re an aspiring writer or a mangaka, don’t forget your audience. If your story stinks, be sure to air it out a little. Or your readers may just turn up their noses at your work. =/



One thought on “Why your story stinks (and how to air it out…)

  1. Great example about how forgetting readers’ need for character development makes for a poor story. Plot is necessary but writers need to work to get readers interested in the characters. When readers engage in this way, they care about what happens to the characters as the plot unwinds. A good example is the blockbuster novel, Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, by Stig Larsson.

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