Today saw a new milestone in Drums of the North Star- draft 1. I passed 60K words! I'm so pleased with how it is shaping up, though I know it will need a good grooming to be presentable.
This week I've been reading a book by a NYT best selling author. She headhops, writes in the passive, and 'tells' on nearly every page. How did she get to be a best-selling author? STORY! Her characters are fun, if somewhat predictable, and it is easy to escape into their lives. The one I'm reading at the moment is an American West romance, and the hero is dashing, brave and deadly gorgeous, the heroine is (dare I say it?) spunky, resourceful and heart-stoppingly pretty. Predictable, fun and filled with humor. Story rules over the rules.
Of course, I'd rather write a rollicking good story that abided by most of the rules. It is amazing that now that I know what POV/head-hopping is, it really stands out when I'm playing mental ping-pong between or among characters in a scene.