Monday, June 14, 2010


Job 17:12 They change the night into day: the light is short because of darkness.

Change is inevitable. Since the beginning of time we’ve gone through transitory changes that has moved us as humans along. Life as we know it, and growth has become an expected source of newness and glory.

Stagnant living does not cause change, although things will begin to change whether you sit still or not. I think what I’m trying to say here is that change is good.

I’ve read so many books in my life and I’ve noticed one common thread throughout the stories. Change. Point blank. The character and story start out one way, say a woman goes down a road (metaphorically speaking that is), then change slaps her in the face, and the story begins its roller coaster ride until she reaches the end of the road an altered person.

You can not write a story without leaking in the imminent changes. The novel would be boring and a redundant repeat of tales gone on before. What we writers need to do is figure out ways to make change new to the reader. Change is always new or something different and Koontz loves to explore change in all of his books, around every page, you never know what to expect.

Change is good. You cannot allow fear to rule your characters. You know, the fear of making change? Your character has to learn from something and change is the only inevitable source.

Sometimes we fear the change will come off as corny, or misguided, out of character, or maybe even contrived. But we have to take the leap if we’re ever to get the novel off the stagnant floor. Live a little, give enthusiasm to your characters. Find a new zest in life for them to live. Allow them to live vicariously through you and in return you’ll be rewarded with a novel that isn’t a repeat of history, it will be a new dawn in the writing world and millions will flock to see what you have written.

Remember...change is what makes the world go round. :)

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