If you just snorted, well… permission to snort back? ;-)
Okay, so we all know there's no "right" way of writing, but are you writing what you love?
Exercise: Write down five elements that you like in a book. For example, do you like humor? Surprise? Trolls? Little green men? BIG green men?
My list came out a little like this:
- Emotional rollercoaster
- Flawed characters/quirky
- Learn something
You're impressed, aren't you? Except for the "learn something" I actually sound literate. Finger snaps for me.
So what do those five points mean? They're the top five features you love in a book, and now the million dollar question is: are you incorporating them into your own stories?
I have a degree in marketing and international business so my tiny little brain is quite thrilled by things like market trends and I’m guilty of falling into the trap of writing for the trend rather than myself. It’s not something I do on purpose but it does happen and I can honestly say that those are the stories that never sit quite right with me.
Now, I was a little surprised by my list. Humour isn’t an element I set out to write into my stories and yet it’s one of the things I really enjoy when I’m reading. If a character can make me laugh then I’ve already broken through that emotional barrier and bonded with them. I'm a sucker for a good sense of humour.
Emotional bonding is important for your readers. It prevents them from putting the book down to do the ironing. You want them to care about your characters and their HEA enough to risk going to work with wrinkled clothes.
So take a step back and have a look at your list. Really look. There’s only five things on it but it could tell you something as big as a tip for emotional bonding that is specific to you and your writing. That’s not to say I’m about to turn into a comedian but being aware of what you find natural when it comes to emotional bonding is important. That sort of insight doesn’t come along every day.
Write what you love to read. It’s as simple as that.