Your lead character doesn’t have to leap tall buildings in a single bound, and he doesn’t have to stop speeding bullets with his bare hands, but he darn well better know the difference between right and wrong, and he better be kind to animals, and it sure wouldn’t hurt any if he brushed his teeth regularly. Dean R. Koontz – How To Write Best Selling Fiction
I think you get the picture. Your main character needs to be likable and relatable. It would help if he had a few flaws as well. Nobody’s perfect.
Something to think about 🙂
What are your favorite reference books on writing? We all have them. I learned following my first rough draft (I didn’t realize how rough it was), that I did not know how to write a publishable novel. I thought I did, but the rejections and the one agent who responded set me straight.
Like many of you, I learn from my mistakes, but I am totally hoping I can keep some wannabees from making the same mistakes I did.
If you follow me, you know I’ve said many times, ” You don’t know what you don’t know.” So needless to say, I began to research various sites and successful authors. I had to learn how to write a novel.
This led me to three of my favorite resource books.
- The Elements Of Style William Strunk, Jr. and E.B. White
- How To Write Best Selling Fiction Dean R. Koontz
- Eats, Shoots & Leaves Lynne Truss
I found The Elements Of Style and Eats, Shoots & Leaves at a library book sale. They cost me a dollar. Unfortunately, the Koontz book is highly recommended but nowhere to be found. I purchased mine from a dealer on eBay for $65.00. I do believe it was worth the price, but you can find all of the information contained in the book on the web.
I didn’t include the Dictionary or Thesaurus. I think they are a given.
These are a few of my favorite things. Yes, I do like Mary Poppins 🙂