The book I enjoyed I really enjoyed. After finishing the book I told myself ‘This is exactly how I want to write.’
I took a moment and thought just generally why I liked one book and why I didn’t like the other.
Below are some thoughts. Quick brainstorm sessions like this, I hope, will get me to understand what it is I enjoy about some books and not others.
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Most importantly, I hope that these exercises will help lead me to write good books.
Think about what books you’ve read that you told yourself I wish I had written that.
What is it about those books that stand out to you? Have you been able to apply any of those techniques in your writing? If so, how?
|Book I didn’t like.||Book I liked.|
|The characters were flat.||The characters were well-developed. I cared about them.|
|The writing was just ok.||The writing kept me engaged, and was literary.|
|The plot was confusing as were the protagonist’s motives.||The plot and twists were tight.|
|There were ‘holes’ in the story. Not all items were explained.||All items were explained and revealed. Everything that was mentioned moved the story forward.|
|Ending was immemorable.||Ending memorable.|
|Bad use of flashbacks.||Good use of flashbacks.|
|Third person – only protagonist.||Third person close – multi characters.|
|Didn’t always understand protagonist’s motives.||Protagonist’s motives were clear.|
|Didn’t empathize/understand antagonist’s motives.||Empathisized/understood the antagonist’s motives.|
|Setting not clear, didn’t feel like I was there.||Setting was rich. I was there.|
|Senses weren’t used well; sight, sense, smells, etc.||Senses were used well; sight, sense, smells, etc.|
|Didn’t kill your darlings.||Killed your darlings.|