Lisa Kessler Discusses Writing Fearless Fiction
Writing Fearless Fiction
Wherever you are on your writer’s journey, do you remember that very first idea you had? Remember the passion you felt, the way you ached to get back to your keyboard? The possibilities were endless, the characters wouldn’t stop talking to you, and you couldn’t wait to tell their story.
I smile just thinking about it!
Anyway, once you bravely decide to toss your perfect fiction baby out into the world, rejections, critiques, and feedback start rolling in.
Someone tells you it’s an interesting idea, but the writing isn’t strong enough or worse yet, in this crowded market your book doesn’t stand out. Ugh.
Editors often discuss how important it is to love the author’s “voice.” They swoon about books they never thought they’d publish, but they fell in love with it anyway because of the author’s strong “voice.”
And you go home and sit in front of your keyboard wondering, “Do I even have a ‘voice’?”
If you were a singer, you’d seek out a voice coach and they’d teach you how to breathe and make your voice resonate and grow stronger.
Why not for writing?
Writing is a craft. There’s not a recipe to follow for the perfect novel. You have to keep working at it. Practice and write, over and over.
You have to be fearless and try new things.
Flash fiction is the perfect opportunity to build your fiction muscles. It’s tough to be fearless when you’re working on a novel for months, but you could try your hand at a new technique for a page or two, right?
Knowing the piece is going to be short, you can allow yourself to take risks you might not with a novel.
By giving yourself the freedom to be fearless in your fiction, you can not only discover and strengthen your author “voice,” but you’ll also build your craft.
Later this month I’m teaching a Flash Fiction class at San Diego Writer’s Ink. I hope you’ll join me!
Leave your limits at the door and prepare for a month of writing that will renew your love and passion for telling stories, while you build your writer “voice” into something uniquely yours!
Lisa Kessler has published multiple short stories in print anthologies and magazines. Her vampire short story, Immortal Beloved, was a finalist for a Bram Stoker award and has been reprinted in the Dead Souls anthology by Morrigan Books. After meeting Ray Bradbury she took up his challenge to write 52 Short Stories in 52 Weeks and one of the stories grew into her novel, Moonlight, became a finalist in the Kensington/RT Writing with the Stars contest.
Her debut novel, Night Walker, won a San Diego Book Award for Best Fantasy-SciFi-Horror and the Hearts Through History for Best Paranormal and Best First Book.