Come join me inside the Barber Book & Bakery and allow me to share a tray of delectable sweet treats. Don’t be shy. Settle your fanny into a chair designed to remain comfortable long enough for you to devour every delicious morsel.
Now, sit back and nibble each goodie I offer. Remember my one golden rule, ‘Don’t Be Too Piggy And Overindulge.’
Doughnut: Let’s face it no one likes to read a book and feel cheated at the end, like there’s a big hole in the story. To knead out any holes check for inconsistencies and balance in your characters and scenes. Different colored highlighters for each character and scene may also help pinpoint them. Read your story out loud or read it from back to front to help bring them to your attention.
Texas Doughnut: A big, fat book doesn’t always equal twice the endowment of a fun read. They could encompass much bigger holes. If your book becomes weighed down with big words that don’t fit the main character, whisk them away. Instead, sprinkle in a select few, if necessary, or add a hint of unique flavor to another character more befitting. Cut on-going scenes down to size before they become unmanageable and your chapters begin to expand to book-length format. Remove sentences and scenes that halt the story and stop forward movement. Also, check for the same earmarks as the standard doughnut. Any of these conditions could induce your reader to never pick your book up again, or lug it to the nearest bookstore exchange.
Long John: Too many long sentences can cross your readers eyes and leave them gasping for air. Variation is key to insure eye appealing pages. Sort through those long winded, wordy sentences and shorten them to a manageable size. Also, scoop out or reduce those long chunks of back story, or flashbacks that take the reader backwards, forwards, and occasionally sideways. These hard to handle, sometimes irritating passages, can take the reader down unnecessary and boring journeys far from the present happenings of the story.
Filled Bismark: Any number of yummy rich plots work to fill the pages of your book. Whether you write, romance, fantasy, sci-fi, paranormal, inspiration, historical, or mainstream, from the first page to the last, it’s the filling that makes your story irresistible. If your plot is too thin your book won’t hold together. A plot stuffed with unbelievable events will leave your readers struggling to swallow them. Plots too sticky sweet with sexual content will make readers gag.
Twist: Creative and deceptive twists and unexpected turns are designed to add suspense, not vertigo. Don’t get so carried away that you’ve tied and manipulated your story into so many knots readers dump your book and binge on another author’s entrees. Balance each twist with enough intrigue enriched fiber to hold your book to its shape. Add a dash of humor for some relief, if desired. Your reader won’t feel cheated or defrauded; and they won’t be able to put your book down.
Plain Doughnut: Unadorned or simple, isn’t an automatic equation for unpalatable or boring. As long as you incorporate all of the necessary ingredients for your gene you can whip up a scrumptious prize winning book. One that will rise to the occasion and deliver an enjoyable taste sensation for every reader.
Sugar coated: Don’t over sugar coat your words. Chose them carefully. You don’t want to turn a perfect granule into a gritty mouthful.
Glaze: After you’ve written your final word. Don’t be satisfied with a light glaze over your book. Immerse yourself in each sentence and scene. Check every angle. Then go back through and review again. It may mean the difference between a rejection or a sale.
Nuts: Humor adds a bonus texture for your readers. Comic lines can endear the readers to your character. Well placed comic lines are also a great way to relax the pace for a moment, so your readers can catch their breath after a serious or suspenseful scene.
Sprinkles: A little flamboyance, glitz, and glam goes a long way. In most cases a dash will do.
If you’ve shaped and dressed your story with all the right touches it won’t matter whether you serve your finished book on a polished silver tray or plain paper plate, your readers will devour it and beg for more.
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