Apologies for the delay. Let's get into the meat of this month's post!
I'd like to talk about reading as opposed to writing this month. A lot of the time, writers can dominate the Internet when it comes to books. However, it's just as important that we hear from a reader's point of view as well. And I mean a normal, non-writing reader.
To that effect, I discussed books with a few non-writing friends to find out what pulled them into a YA book. And this is what they said.
"I loved how you could see everything. It was like a movie in my head. I want to be able to watch it as I read. If I can't see it, I can't get into the story. It doesn't seem real."
"It has to make sense. I find stories that miss out information confusing. I want to understand the logic of what's going on. I don't mind little leaps across the page, but I need the characters to make decisions that I can believe they'd make."
"Sometimes I like the other characters more than the main characters. They seem to have more interesting quirks and I can often see myself in them."
"I get bored and skim the pages if they talk about what places look like or how people look for too long. If I can skip a few pages and still follow the plot, then usually it's a book I get bored of easily."
"Character's talking always makes it easier for me to read."
"I'll buy a book by an author I like when I see it in the store."
"Good covers make me look at new books. And ones my friends say are good."
So, straight from the non-writing horse's mouth!
Happy holidays everyone, and I promise to be on time next month!