Saturday, August 16, 2008

What makes your book memorable?

I read an article the other day about what people want in a book. It said that some readers want escape, some want a spiritual journey, some want a character they can empathize with. Looking over this list, I noticed only a few mattered to me. It got me wondering: what makes a good book good?

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!

-Creative A

1 comment:

Janna Qualman said...

LOVE the clip! :D And thanks for your words on memorable books.

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