So, writing the second draft of my book, titled Imprint currently, is making me realize all the little things that make a book a great book. 🙂
So here are six things I’ve try to consider while revising (and editing!) my writing.
Characters, characters, characters. They are the ingredient to a fantastic story. If you’re characters are boring or dull, your book will fall flat, no matter how well-thought out and brilliant your plot is.
Readers want interesting, unique characters! Not just two dimensional minions that do the writer’s bidding. 😛
This was actually something I struggled with in my novel. Because I had an amazing plot, (or…at least I thought so…) But my characters were none existent. Hopefully I’ve fleshed them out better the second time round… 🙂
A writer’s writing style is what gives feeling to a story. Here is a simple, some what boring sentence:
“Sally went to the store to buy bread.”
Oh bread…you’re not boring!
Now, if you were writing, say, a comedy, you would probably try to make this sentence a little more humorous:
“Sally skipped to the Super-Market to buy the fluffy bread her mother liked.”
Or if you were writing a mysterious story:
“Sally crept to the store, waiting for her chance to slink in, unnoticed, and buy some bread with the stolen money.”
Okay, I’ll stop with the bread… 🙂
I’m given a totally different feel with all of these sentences. And that’s just what I would want as a writer. I want my readers to feel the sadness, happiness, or anger in my writing.
This is especially important in the beginning chapters of your book. Because this is when your reader will feel most lost. They’re waiting to be pulled into a different world, to be in on all the action.
And that’s hard when you don’t know where you are.
I know lots of people feel differently about this subject, but for me personally, I want to be given just enough description that I can get a feel for whatever the thing looks like, but the info isn’t being piled onto me. If my descriptions go on and on for sentences, I try to condense it into at least two sentences.
But that’s just me. If you love long lavish descriptions, go for it! 😉
This is really important, because this is what helps your readers learn about your characters. A lot of your character’s personality and temperament comes out in dialogue. It’s a window to their inner workings.
Me? I love fun and witty dialogue. And it’s fun to write too! And the best part is, you can go back and make it perfect, unlike in real life. 😉
Yes, Pooh. Yes we can. 🙂
Yeah, yeah, BORING. But good grammar shows you know what you’re doing, and readers (especially Grammar Nazis!) will appreciate this all the more. 😛
Plus it helps with publishing! 🙂
Well, I hope you enjoyed this post! And these are just my thoughts. I didn’t intend to be rude, if I did!
Post again soon! ❤