With all the hype about this mystery thriller by Paula Hawkins and the author now releasing a new book, I finally got around to picking up a copy. I'm over a hundred pages in now and enjoying it immensely - but the more I read the more I find myself thinking about the concept of flawed characters. Hawkins writes skillfully, capturing the rough edges and blemishes of each of her characters perfectly. So, what exactly is a flawed character, how can you write one, and what can they contribute to your story? These are all questions which I'm going to talk about in today's post, with reference to Hawkins' infamous thriller.
Today I was sent an anonymous ask over on theinkstainsblog Tumblr page asking the question: how can I stick with a story even when I lose interest with it, and how can I know this is the right story for me if I'm getting bored? Now, sticking with our stories is something I bet an awful lot of us struggle with at times (god knows I do) so I think this is something that’s important for us to focus on. I’m going to split the answer into three main parts in order to give proper focus to the question - how to stick with a story during writing, how to keep your excitement for a story, and how to know if this is the right story for you so keep an eye out for parts two and three!
The rain fell and the rain fell and it showed no sign of stopping. In the small English village of Eastwoods they were used to the rain, indeed they were suited to it. The pumpkin crop had never looked better but things were starting to get out of hand. It had been more than a week now with no sign of letting up and it seemed it would not be long before the river burst its banks. The elders of the village looked forward to having new tales to tell about the great October floods. Such was life in a village where nothing much of intrigue ever seemed to happen.