Growing up in a religious family, always attending church and special events, and then having my father answer his calling as a preacher… I feel having this background almost “forces” me to keep things clean. I don’t mean that in a bad sense. I just feel my stories can be told without constant adult language or scenes. (Please note, those types of books do not offend me in anyway. I still read them and usually enjoy them. This is just my preference in terms of writing.) I want my writing to reach multiple generations because I think everyone can enjoy a beautiful love story.
I enjoy realism in a story. Something that allows the reader to connect with the characters, to put themselves in their shoes. I try to bring that to my writing. I make the characters relatable and believable. I write about struggles people go through, emotions that people feel throughout their lives, the good and the bad.
I don’t pay attention to word count. I do in the sense to see what I’m going to end up with – a short story, a novel, somewhere in between. I let the story write itself without the worry of “Oh, I need 10k more words!” I don’t need that kind of pressure. Writing is stressful enough!
What makes you unique? What makes your writing stand out? Let’s hear your thoughts in the comments below.