I started a 100 day challenge where I am studying 100 author's voices, of whom's books I really loved. So after choosing who I'd study, I chose a snippet from the book of the author who I was studying and then took what I learned from that snippet and applied it to my own writing. Today, I studied Robert Louis Stevenson's book Treasure Island. It's a favorite of mine from my childhood. I love how it's FULL on adventure. Love it. Some things I really love about his writing style:
First of all, the characters are interesting and you feel for the main character in what he has to deal with.
It makes you feel like you're on a true adventure.
So I attempted to add some of that to what I've written below.
It was quiet after lodgers went back to their rooms, most nights. A chorus I always found restful would magnify in the quiet — crackling flames in the fireplace and the wind whooshing up against our tiny inn, and the crashing ocean waves below. My mother had it built up on the craggy cliffs overlooking the sea. She told me it was so we could see father return when he came home. She lit a candle in the window and waited. I waited. He never returned. We still hope he will.
I can't wait to share more of this story with you all.