If you are fortunate to get positive feedback from people, it is a true win for you

A few years ago, a grandfather bought volume one of my Jasper, Amazon parrot series. It was to be a Christmas gift for his grandson.

According to granddad, his grandson, after opening the gift, sat down and placed his electronic toy beside him, and began reading the book. He sat there and read it all in one sitting.

His grandfather asked him what did he think. The young boy asked for volume two.

Hearing that did make me smile in real life. I have been told over the years other stories of children who have enjoyed my book.

Writing a book is so much more than writing a book. I want the readers to enjoy it, to put the book down after, and just had a good time doing so. Interacting with fans is so important.

If your books are not being read or enjoyed, then a big part of writing is lost. For while it is wonderful to write, and we can write book after book, at what point do we say to ourselves, “What is the point?”

How are your books received by the readers?

If you are fortunate to get positive feedback from people, it is a true win for you.

A few years ago, a grandfather bought volume one of my Jasper, Amazon parrot series. It was to be a Christmas gift for his grandson.

According to granddad, his grandson, after opening the gift, sat down and placed his electronic toy beside him, and began reading the book. He sat there and read it all in one sitting.

His grandfather asked him what did he think. The young boy asked for volume two.

Hearing that did make me smile in real life. I have been told over the years other stories of children who have enjoyed my book.

Writing a book is so much more than writing a book. I want the readers to enjoy it, to put the book down after, and just had a good time doing so. Interacting with fans is so important.

If your books are not being read or enjoyed, then a big part of writing is lost. For while it is wonderful to write, and we can write book after book, at what point do we say to ourselves, “What is the point?”

Do you know the characters in your book from a to z?

How well do you know the characters in your book?

Yes, you will give the readers a physical description as well as mental and emotional attributes. Well, hopefully, you do.

But how well do you know your character inside and out? If someone asked you about them, would you be able to answer them satisfactorily?

Creating characters in our books is not as simple as throwing lines against a wall and see how many, if any, will stick. We, as readers, need to be invested in them to keep the pages turning.

Creating personalities in one’s manuscript is part of being a writer. The better you are in tune with your characters, the better read it will be

I tend to talk to my characters as if they are real. I have conversations going back and forth, which map out things I might not have thought of before. It is odd, and I suggest you don’t do this in public but getting a good grasp of this imaginary human is vital. And unless you take the time to do this right, one can’t be surprised if people turn on the very same characters you say you love.

The Musings of A New Englander