Friday, April 5, 2013


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

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?


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.