My thanks to Deanna Jewel for this guest contribution. Some of the content in this article was originally published on Deanna Jewel’s website. I thought it would definitely resonate with many of my readers!
I just finished another chapter of a novel ranking high on the “NY Times Best Seller” list. The page count was in the mid-200’s. Finally, my interest had been captured. But why did it take over 200 pages to do so?
Great question and one that is different for every reader. But the magnitude of that answer provides the bait that every author hopes to catch a reader’s attention with. Sometimes, that’s not an easy feat. Once hooked, however, a reader is drawn into the magic of a novel that almost can’t be ignored. The story becomes another world that pulls us into its reality and allows us to live in its existence … if only for a time.
Deanna says, “Some stories and characters get stuck in our heads after we finish the books, making us hunger for more of what they’re doing in the next book. This is because the setting pulled us in, the multi-faceted characters touched our hearts and the way they interacted with each other put us right into their group of friends. Once the story book is ended, we want to hang out with those characters again and hope another book comes out so we can rejoin them.”
I couldn’t agree more.
So what makes a book magical? What creates the desire in you to disappear between the pages of a great novel? For me, it’s all about plausibility. Could that really happen? Any shred of possibility woven into the fiction, and I’m a goner!
My stories are written with that goal in mind. I want to love my stories as much as I hope others will. And as I write, I wonder things like, could it be that Morrigan slaughtered Blackbeard, cut off his head, and gave the credit to Lieutenant Robert Maynard?
Maybe. It’s possible.
I want to believe that anything is possible in stories, so long as the tale is a believable one. After all, history is only as truthful as the man who tells it. Admittedly, I’m one who stretches the “truth” found in history — but only as far as it is belieable!
Take a look at The Deja vu Chronicles and glimpse into the possibility of what might have happened during 1721 in the Caribbean on a pirate ship called The Revenge.