Thursday, June 3, 2010

Go Ahead And Pick It Apart, It's Okay

I started this blog to explain step-by-step the process of writing and (hopefully) publication. Currently I am in the 'waiting' stage and am completely okay with this stage truth be told. I'm working on a second book and reading great novels. It's the life! :)

Although I'm enjoying a little down time, I'd like to keep the posts coming on this blog. What to write, what to write?

While driving today, I was thinking about a book I'm almost done reading. I picked it apart, but not in a bad way. I tore it piece by piece: how was the character development? Why? Was there enough action or any? Which character did I relate with the most? Who did I root for and why? Was it predictable? Was there a climax in the story? Questions like these. Then it hit me, I should share these thoughts on the books I read. Not as a review. In fact I don't know that I plan on stating whether I liked the book or not, but it's fun to look at a book and see what we can learn from it and apply to our own writing.

I would love for you to chime in on each book I write about if you've also read it. The next book I write about will be Leota's Garden by Francine Rivers.

Here's the Question:
What are some of the things you look for when reading a book?


  1. Great to meet you and keep pressing on in your writing journey. I look for books with passion!

  2. Hmmm... some of the things that I look for in reading a book: a character that I can relate to (that means that can't be perfect, they need to be fallible - that makes it more interesting and makes you wonder if your your hero in black and white can really make the right choice and rise to the occasion). I also look for things that inspire the imagination and stretch my perspectives on life. And show me a little love! I am a sucker for romance. teehee! admittedly, the books that I find the most endearing are the ones that break my heart. The ones that I cry at or get angry at the enemy while I scorn the hero when they make the wrong choice. I guess the most important thing is to feel for me and in the end have a hearty triumph when good conquers evil. :)