A writer friend of mine often says that he wants to create edgy writing. Another writer friend says she’s not sure what he means. I think I know what he’s talking about but I decided to look up ‘edgy’ in Dictionary.com.
Here’s the 3 definitions it gives:
- nervously irritable; impatient and anxious.
- sharp-edged; sharply defined, as outlines.
- daringly innovative; on the cutting edge.
I imagine my writer friend doesn’t mean ‘nervously irritable’ or ‘sharp-edged’ writing. So he must be referring to ‘daringly innovative’. He’s passionate about developing this writing style but I’m afraid I don’t share his enthusiasm. And I doubt the short stories in my collection, Dancing Shadows, Tramping Hooves, will be ever described as ‘edgy’. But that’s ok because I wanted these stories to captivate readers not because they are dramatically different but because their familiarity touches readers’ hearts.
I hope the characters’ struggles will resonate with many readers: negotiating mother-daughter relationships, letting down barriers to form new relationships, grappling with fear, dealing with past mistakes and embracing a new life in a strange land.
Words like ‘heart-warming’, ‘uplifting’ and ‘cheering’ are sometimes considered old fashioned but they fit these stories. And the stories fit the magazines and anthologies they were originally written for. I sometimes explore the dark side of life in my writing but not in this book. These stories are the kind to be read when you want to be entertained and reminded that life is good. I hope they will leave readers with a warm glow.
I’m launching Dancing Shadows, Tramping Hooves today. For more information about the book visit it’s Amazon page.