Fiction, My Books, Novel, Theme, Writing

Why Every Story I Write Will Be the Same

I’m getting very close to having An Illusion of Trust ready for publication. I expect to send the manuscript to my copy editor next week. I think it’s pretty clean already, so I don’t anticipate many changes. Soon it will be ready for formatting—well, there’s the matter of a cover too. I’m on the third design now, but I think this is going to be the one.

hugAnyway, I’ve been thinking about how to describe this book. I have an official description on the fledgling book page, and that tells you, in general, what happens, but what it’s about is more than that. What it’s about is what everything I write is about—love. And I don’t necessarily mean romantic love. Only some of my novels and stories contain those sorts of relationships, but all of them are about the universal human search for acceptance, the essence of love.

When it comes to pitching my novels, I always think how much easier it would be if I wrote mysteries, or thrillers, or horror, or fantasy—anything easier to describe than mine. I write about people. I’ve always thought that if I’d gone to college I would have majored in sociology in some form. I’m curious about the form and function of human society.

Those who know me in real life would probably find that statement curious, hilarious even, since I’m not particularly sociable. I’m just more at ease observing than participating. Possibly many writers are the same. But everyone wants to be accepted. We all search for our place where we feel loved and safe, where we belong, where we matter. And always that search begins within. In that sense every story I write will be the same.

The trick is to make those stories fascinating.

elle

30 thoughts on “Why Every Story I Write Will Be the Same”

  1. I think one of the toughest questions for any author is, “What’s your book about?” The moment someone asks us that question we start to stammer.

    “We all search for our place where we feel loved and safe, where we belong, where we matter.”–Now that’s a powerful statement and so very true.

    Congratulations Linda! I’m really happy for your success. 🙂

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  2. I think “real life” IS interesting. I think that’s why I enjoyed Brevity of Roses. Sure it’s a fictional story, but it’s not over the top. You created characters with depth to them, characters that felt real. Looking forward to your next book. Keep doing what you’ve been doing. I enjoy your style of writing VERY much. 🙂

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  3. I am so looking forward to this next book. You have worked so hard on it and now I can see that it comes from the heart. There are many things from this blog you can use to describe the book. I can’t wait to see the cover.

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  4. I could have written this post. Thanks for doing it for me, Linda. I write about love and relationships as well, and yes, it would be so much easier to pitch a thriller or mystery rather than a book about everyday life and everyday people. I always struggle with the blurb. However, when I write (or read) about “everyday,” I notice how much more luminous “everyday” becomes. Looking forward to the new version of “Illusion!”

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    1. It’s not just my own books I struggle with describing, Christa. I can make the most fascinating book sound boring when I try to describe it. 😉 I usually end with something like, “It’s great. You should read it.” That’s why I don’t write many book reviews. The author would probably not thank me even if I gave it five stars. 🙂

      Anyway, books about “everyday” people are my fave reads. I’m looking forward to reading the new version of your “Emilia” too. 🙂

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  5. It’s a lot of fun to step back and look at what you write and why you write it, and what it’s all about too. It says a lot about who we are, I think. All my stories are the same too (believe it or not). Every single one of them deals with the complexity of family relationships.

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    1. Well, Michelle, relationships are what we all have to deal with in life—the point of life, actually—so I guess we’re both following the maxim to write what we know even if that takes us in varied directions. 🙂

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