You Make My Heart Pound Throbbingly

Recently, I’ve been reading a very successful YA series (NOT Twilight). These books are right up my alley – they’re paranormal, action-filled, humorous, and the concept is unique. And most of all…I am ~swooning~ over the male love interest. *c’thunk, c’thunk, c’thunk*

But OMG the writing is atrocious.

All through the series I have been asking myself WHY I am so compelled to keep reading when I am literally tripping over unnecessary adverbs down every page. Not only that, but this author has a habit of telling, telling, telling. Don’t get me wrong, they often *show* what’s happening with the characters quite effectively – but it is almost always followed up by a sentence or two *telling* the reader what they were just shown.  

Maybe I am simply a snarky writing snob.

And yet…when the love interest takes the MC in his arms, my hearts pounds in my chest.

So I guess I don’t really need to ask myself WHY I’ve kept reading. I suppose if characters/a story is strong enough, it can make you look past the bad writing. It’s just one of those things that makes me face-plant along the writer’s path. I peel my face off the pavement, pull pieces of gravel out of my wound, and look down *unbelievingly* at the writing that made me fall. And then *I think how that fall HURT*.

All of this makes two thoughts run in circles through my mind: If this book is what’s successful, I’m never going to make it. And then, If this person can be successful, darn it, SO CAN I.

…Hello Mr. Doubt.

A little rewrite analysis:

1st Draft: taught me all of the above about adverbs, telling, and BAD writing in general.

2nd Draft: taught me that even with nice writing, all the elements in the book MUST tie together – despite how badly I wanted to tell those pages and pages of backstory or have that unrelated shih tzu run through that scene.

3rd Draft: Isn’t finished yet but…maybe will ~finally~ bring all the lessons of Draft 1 and 2 together??

Or maybe I’ll reach the end and have a well-written story no one wants to read.

…she said *sulkily* and walked off to finish Draft 3.

10 thoughts on “You Make My Heart Pound Throbbingly

  1. I totally understand where you’re coming from-but I think it goes to show it’s not how they say it, but how what they say makes us FEEL. Stephenie Meyer may not be the best writer from a technical standpoint, but millions of teenaged hearts pounding, er, throbbingly, can’t be wrong. 🙂

    1. Hee yes, that’s kind of my frustrated point. And yes, Stephenie Meyer managed to make my heart work too. Guess it goes to show it’s all “Feelings, nothing more than feeeeelings…” 😉

  2. The sparkles don’t hurt either…

    You’re headed in the right direction if you’re able to learn from others’ writing and also look at your own WIP critically.

    And while Edward may make my <3 throb, Mr. Doubt makes my head throb – good job putting him in his place!

  3. Ah, I feel so snobby even blogging about this. I’m definitely not trying to say I am the QUEEN OF ALL WRITING – even if I DO have a tiara. Idk, it’s just one of those things that is so *noticeable* while reading that it demands a blog entry.

    omg, does everyone think I’m talking about TWILIGHT?? (runs to edit)

  4. but . . . on the other hand, I’ve read books that are the other way too. Where the writing is just so good and the characters are so . . . true . . . that I would read more about them no matter what the plot did.

    1. Hi Maggie! Well, great writing and characters would not make me wonder why I was continuing to read the way the series in question did. As I said in my post, the plot and characters were not what bothered me – it WAS the writing. So I’m not sure what you meant?

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