I think as writers, it’s important that we know what we like in a story. Writing what you want to read is a universal trick to filling your work with passion. It gives us scope, and a broader vision of our target audience—where they’re coming from, and what they expect.
Ask yourself, what makes a good book good? What makes a book memorable? What makes it enjoyable?
Compare these answers to your work-in-progress. Ask yourself which elements you already have in your novel, which ones you reasonably could work in, and which ones you’d like to have someday. In essence: what makes your novel memorable? Feel free to post your answers in the comments section.
On a completely unrelated subject, I found another hilarious and misguided video about the writer’s life. Enjoy!