I want someone to finish my book frustrated that the story is over.
I want every character to pop off the page. I want every character to speak so much like themselves that you’ll know who is talking just by reading their dialogue. I want every character to be their own person and for each of them to be interesting in their own way. I want the clever characters to be even more clever. I want less likeable characters to be likable anyway. I want dumber characters to add to the plot and the humor. I want the characters all ready to be the stars of their own books. I want to make sure every emotion is real and told in the best way possible. I want the character’s actions telling the story as much as their words. I want my secondary characters to be people too. I want them to be as much a part of the story as my focus characters. I want them to have motivations and I want conflict to rise and fall from each of them.
I've been thinking about my standards for my books a lot lately. I don't want what happened to Jo March to happen to me. I don't want to compromise for pocket money. I don't want to compromise at all.
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