Recently I’ve been reading a lot. As in judging contests (10 entries) and struggling through a bunch of books to find something to read.
And I want to say how much I enjoy ninja writers.
The ones who have such skill, such subtly that you are pulled into their stories without seeing them. They craft great stories but they are invisable.
You know the ones, you read a chapter and have been completely pulled in and at no time do you think, “oh- I see what the writer is trying to do”. Like a ninja, they strike quickly and with prescion doing exactly what they need to do, no more and no less.
Part of the reason I'm noticing them- not being noticable- is because in both published and unpublished cases I'm seeing more and more noticiable writing. Where the author is there with you every single page, pointing out important information with a neon sign. I started a published book last night and was bored in a few pages as I got tired of watching the author make things how they should happen, instead of how they DID happen.
I know, that doesn't make sense. But it's that bit of writing where the writer is trying a little too hard to get a point across in case the reader missed it the first five times. Where they use cliche reactions to things instead of saying, "Ok, I know my character- what would they really be doing right now?"
Ninja writing is subtle and clean and true to the characters. A good ninja writer KNOWS their characters, and that knowledge is clear in every move the characaters make. They trust the reader to follow along without being reminded how hunky the hero is every other paragraph.
So to all you ninja writers out there- I salute you- and I wanna be just like you real soon ;).