Monday, April 11, 2011

I'm sorry, what was the question?

When it comes to writing a book every writer asks themselves, would anybody really read this? As much as we would like to think we are only writing for ourselves, we can't help but have a secret desire to become the J.K. Rowling's and Stephenie Meyer's of the world.

So I have to ask, what do you think makes a great story? What is your favorite story and why?

For me, I love a story that involves adventure, romance, and little mystery. I would say I've enjoyed other books that don't have all these elements, but my favorite books involve all three. Percy Jackson, Maximum Ride, and Hunger Games -- there all wildly popular, but why?

Is it only that these stories involve adventure, romance, and mystery?

I think not, there must be more to it. What is it about the writers of these books that makes us want to wait up until midnight just to find out what Harry, Edward, and Katniss will do next?

I will be the first to admit, I have no hope of reaching the same height of those authors I have mentioned. But, I also have the hope to work towards that goal. I expect to be criticized, I expect that what I write won't be everyone's cup of tea. But I would still like to know, what is it that people really want from a book?

Give me your ideas, because even though I can't please everyone, a good writer should be able to take comments and use them in their work. Perhaps, one day, you will get the chance to read my book, then you can say, "I gave her that idea!" And who doesn't want that?


1 comment:

Melanie said...

I have to admit, I guess I'm just not creative that way. I love those things you mentioned above, but I also love Little House on the Prairie which has little of the above things. Why do I like that book? I don't know.

I can tell you that the Newbery Award winners all have a conflict that the youth has to overcome, whether it's internal or external.