IT'S EASY TO STIR THE MIND,
BUT IT DOESN'T WORK IF YOU DON'T
STIR THE HEART.
This explains the reason why I put down a book: I don't care. I don't care about the characters. The plot can be twisty and intriguing and complex but if I don't care - somehow, someway - about the people who are on that wild ride, then none if it matters to me.
I started a book the other day by a pretty popular author. It was a mystery/thriller with an interesting plot. I read about 25 pages or so, then put the book down. I couldn't get behind the characters. I was supposed to like them. I wanted to like them. But I didn't. They felt stereotypical and flat and...forced. I'm not saying I have to like all the characters - or even the protagonist. I've read a handful of books where I didn't care for the main character but there was still something about that person that made me want to see what happened to them, made me want to see how it all turned out.
I want characters who are so real, it's as if every time I look up from the page, they've just left the room. Today, this week, in general - let's write those stories, let's write those books.