Is it plot or character? Or both? In my opinion it is both plus a whole lot more. I love to read but the story needs to capture me right away. If not, then I put it down. I can’t help it. There’s not enough time in the day to force myself to read something that I just can’t get in to.
With that said, I’ve analyzed books in general and have read multiple “how to” books. One book in particular caught my attention, Write Like the Masters. The author walks you through what worked for the Masters of writing: Dickens, Melville, Faulkner, Hemingway, and don’t forget Stephen King.
One quote I found to be so useful is this: “In your novel you need to figure out what will cause reader curiosity, worry, or anticipation…then add that to your story.” William Cane Write like the Masters.
This sentence, in my opinion, is the best advice I’ve ever read.
I also write as Rita Robbins. I may use the same information if it fits for both genres. Thank you for visiting. Please stop by again soon!