There are a few aspects that can really make a book go from good to great. And a lot of these same aspects, I try to prioritize in my own writing too! So here is my list of 3 Things That Matter to Me as a Reader AND a Writer.
To me, a book should:
1. Feel realistic.
This is not to say that I don’t like SciFi or Fantasy because I do, but I want the scene I’m reading to feel real. Like I’m there. Like it could happen right in front of me. I want to feel transported.
And that’s what I want to do for my readers too. When they read a scene, I want them to feel all the things they read like they are real! I’m not sure I do a good job of this but I make it one my top priorities when writing. So I am trying! This is where some trusted friends and family can provide some really great insight into what feels real and what doesn’t.
2. Make sense.
I don’t know about you but when a book is jumping all over the place, eventually I get tired of being confused. I know some people like the abstract or whatever else seems to confuse me but I need something I can follow. Sure, it can have twists and turns and a bunch of characters but sometimes books go over the top on this type of stuff and I can’t keep anything straight anymore! ha!
Same goes for when I write. This can be difficult because I get in my own head sometimes and what makes perfect sense to me may not to someone else. It may seem to them like it has missing pieces. Again, friends and family acting as my pre-editing crew is a huge help. They allow me to see the parts that don’t connect or give me confidence in parts that I worried over.
3. Draw me in (and keep me there).
I love when a book draws me in. When it draws me into the story so much that hours past without me even noticing. I can’t put it down. I take it with me everywhere in case I have a spare moment to read it. This type of book. *sighing with happiness*
These are the keepers, wouldn’t you agree? And they can be rare to come by. I really only like to give my time to a book if it can do this. That’s why this might be one of the most important aspects of any book. Because all else can fall underneath this. If a book draws me, then it likely meets all of my other “requirements” for a book.
This is what I like to see in the books I read and is also my hope for the book I’m currently writing. Give the characters enough depth that you want to, have to, know what happens to them next. Give the story a plot interesting enough for readers to grab ahold of.
What are some things you look for in a book? What aspects make up a good book in your opinion? Why are these aspects important to you?
P.S. Happy Friday!