While doing dishes the other evening, my mind wasn’t on the dishes at all. It was on what I expected from my novel. Strange thought process maybe, but I’ve been trying to figure out why on earth I’m stuck in one of my favorite parts of my novel. I don’t think it’s the actually scene that bugs me at the moment. I’m still working on the reason, and I think I’ve about figured it out. But that’s another story for another blog post. 😉
So, what do I expect from my novel?
Readability: The most important part about writing is of course to make sure that people read your work whether it’s novels, short stories, poems or memoirs. But it has to be good. No grammar errors. Sentences that flow. A plot that makes sense and flows as well. Realistic dialogue. Characters that are memorable. No one wants to read a story that hasn’t been edited, and along with editing comes a few different revisions. It’s almost impossible to send in your first draft unedited and find an agent or publisher.
I haven’t sent out a novel yet, but I have sent in countless short stories I have edited and polished until I thought they were perfect. Turns out, I was rejected. Big surprise there. That was until recently. After editing my short story “Wishes” for the countless time, I sent it in to a contest by Phyllis Scott Publishing. Turns out, they liked my story and published it in their May short stories’ book with is now available on Kindle and soon will be out in paperback! (Can you tell I’m excited? lol)
So, the story has to be readable.
Likeability: We all want what we write to be liked, even loved. When we give birth to a new story, chances are we love it. It’s like our child. We raised it and brought it up to be the best it can. But when we step back, what do we see? Is it really as great as we think it is?
With my first novel, I thought it was awesome. That the plot was great; there were no flaws. Boy was I wrong. After a break from it, it needs a completely new look with the basic plot line still in tact. My characters aren’t exactly dull, but they aren’t exactly all that memorable either. I think it’s my characters that bother me most about my novel. I still have to figure the rest of it out though.
So, is it really likeable? Take a step back and see? What’s it going to hurt? It only helped me in seeing the problems I have with my story.
Sales: Not only do we want our book to be loved and readable, we want it to sell. We want that best-seller. To me, that would be a dream come true! But in order to get those sales, we have to work hard for it. We have to make sure our stories are likeable and readable before we can sell it.
Now, these are only a few things that I expect from my writing, but that night I was thinking of them, they were on the forefront of my mind. What do you expect from your writing?