Chad Schimke

Friday, October 12, 2012

21 KEY TRAITS BY JAMES V SMITH JR.


21 KEY TRAITS - Today’s post is a snippet of a Writer’s Digest article. See below for the link that takes you to the full article.
The 21 Key Traits of Best-Selling Fiction excerpted from The Writer’s Little Helper by James V. Smith, Jr.
1.    Utility (writing about things that people will use in their lives)
2.    Information (facts people must have to place your writing in context)
3.    Substance (the relative value or weight in any piece of writing)
4.    Focus (the power to bring an issue into clear view)
5.    Logic (a coherent system for making your points)
6.    A sense of connection (the stupid power of personal involvement)
7.    A compelling style (writing in a way that engages)
8.    A sense of humor (wit or at least irony)
9.    Simplicity (clarity and focus on a single idea)
10. Entertainment (the power to get people to enjoy what you write)
11. A fast pace (the ability to make your writing feel like a quick read)
12. Imagery (the power to create pictures with words)
13. Creativity (the ability to invent)
14. Excitement (writing with energy that infects a reader with your own enthusiasm)
15. Comfort (writing that imparts a sense of well-being)
16. Happiness (writing that gives joy)
17. Truth (or at least fairness)
18. Writing that provokes (writing to make people think or act)
19. Active, memorable writing (the poetry in your prose)
20. A sense of Wow! (the wonder your writing imparts on a reader)
21. Transcendence (writing that elevates with its heroism, justice, beauty, honor)
http://www.writersdigest.com/qp7-migration-books/the-21-key-traits-of-best-selling-fiction?et_mid=574188&rid=2992568

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