Friday, April 5, 2013

Words!


In the front of my writing notebook I have some notes I’ve gleaned from here and there. Words. Little notes reminding me of the things that need to find their way into what I write if I want to have a salable book. Of course, they aren’t all required, they just help. Here’s what I’ve got:

Spunky character
Narrative arc
Great hook
Commercial plot
Likable characters
Witty dialogue
Layers
Heart

I also have the word breakout. Can’t really plan that can you. But still, it's a good reminder of something to strive for. I feel like I need more words to add to my list!  What words do you use to remind yourself of all those elements you need to have in your manuscripts?

5 comments:

Candilynn Fite said...

Satisfying (or surprising) ending
Delicious verbs

Your list is great. :)

Candilynn Fite said...

Imperfect MC

Heather Ayris Burnell said...

Ooo, thanks Candi! Definitely things needed to make a great book. I will add them to my list! Endings. They are my nemesis!

Ruth Schiffmann said...

I have a post-it note on my computer monitor reminding me to use sight, sound, smell, touch, and taste.

Dana Carey said...

Twist! A new twist on an old or ordinary theme.

I like your list a lot, Heather. Copying it down right now.