Five Signs A Book Was Written By Jay

Over at Fangs, Fur & Fey, they've got a great topic of the week: Five Signs a Book Was Written By You.* Here are mine:

1. One of the boys has a girl name. :) Or, if not, know that one of the boys did have a girl name until my readers told me to "just change it already, Jay. Jesus!"

2. The main character will be the oldest child or an only child. I may branch out at some point, but this is true of all of the stories I'm working on right now.

3. At least one of the male love interests will be tall. Tall is good. :)

4. No one will save the world. Something may get saved at some point, like a house, or a cat, or mybe even a whole town, but the world? No. No way.

5. The mother will be scary. Scary mean, scary smart, scary talented, scary hot...or just plain scary.


* If you read that blog, you might have already seen this entry, since I cross-posted over there.


Hmmmm, have never really given this much thought but it might go something like this:

1. There will be at least one or two words you don't know. Annoying words, like "interregnum."

2. There will be passages that drive you bonkers. "Am I supposed to read this? Really?" I like to challenge my readers. Perhaps too much, hee hee.

3. There will be a sex scene. It might be funny, it might not. Sex is very, very hard to write about and few writers ever pull it off without sounding like complete idiots. It's a challenge to the writer.

4. There will be a Dogue de Bordeaux in the book. If you own one, you know why. If you don't, you'll never get it. They are not normal dogs.

5. The ending will either make you cry or, if you're made of stone, get a little choked up. I don't know why, but I have a knack for this sort of thing. Think about it: you think it would be easy to make somebody cry but it's actually harder than it looks. Making somebody feel sad is pretty easy but getting actual tears to flow is hard.

I have one to add to your list, Jay:
--you will laugh at something one of the characters says
Yes, this is true! You have a good feel for humorous retorts and I chuckled more than once while reading a draft of the book.

Friday, September 25, 2009 at 11:23:00 AM EDT  

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