Monday, October 1, 2012

What Do You Look For In A Book?

I know that the winter ahead will be filled with editing for me, but I want to put out the best novel I can. It's important to me to have it as close as possible to perfect. I know it won't be perfect, especially since it's my first book, but I want to do my best. I have read series of books before and seen the writer's skills get better as more books are written, that is normal. The more we do the better we get, but for now, I am working delegently on those skills and I hope that people enjoy the story. 

Lately though, I have read some books that although the writing skills were wonderful, the story lacked. It made me want to ask the author, don't you want to write a book that really pulls the reader in and want to see them begging for more? Wouldn't you rather reach for substance, as apposed to just sex, for an example.

I personaly think the story is what it's all about. As far as relationships, that is only part of the story, for me anyway. Take me on a ride through this world that you have created. Even Nora Robert's books have a great story with the sex being only an added bonus. 

I have several friends who write romance novels, and even though romance is great, it should only be part of the story, not the whole story, if you know what I mean. 

If your genre was murder mysteries, you wouldn't just write about the murders themselves. You would write about the investigation, the twists in discovering who the murderer was and unfold the plot with the detective figuring out the killer and what is motivating the killer. 

I love to read and I am open to reading across most genre's, but give me a good story. Not just boy meets girl, their sex, and more sex, and they live happily ever after. That doesn't ring true anyway you put it. Whether you say it's a paranormal romance, or fantasy fiction romance, whatever the genre, you need to fulfill my needs for that world on top of the sex.

I don't know if any of you have ever read books like this, but if you have, did it leave you feeling empty? Were you left with an overwhelming sense that you will never read one of that author's books again? 

What motivates you in a book? What do you look for? Leave me a comment and let me know what you think. Until Thursday, have a great week!

Love, Lisa


  1. I can't remember who said, "When you're writing a novel, pick out your favorite character and do something horrible to them so you can find out what they're made of."

    Another writer said, "Everybody's had sex and knows what that's all about, so if you need a sex scene, write it like a commando mission--get in and get out as quickly as possible and nobody gets hurt."

  2. LMAO! You crack me up Teresa! I love it and totally agree!

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  4. Hi Lisa, your blog is very interesting and delightful. You make good points about writing, readers, and genre. I am not a young woman almost seventy and just had my first book published "The Italian Thing" I have been writing for over sixty years, stories and poems. I do not have a degree and therefore did not have the confidence to go forward with my passion.
    Yes I have seen un-explainable objects in the sky, but I also have a vivid imagination, always have. I agree with you it's about the story. If a reader likes to read about the genre you have chosen, then hopefully they will enjoy your book. I like humor, mystery, and feel good stories and non-fiction. I do finally have a blog at and web page at I would welcome a visit from you and if you like a comment. I am not too old to learn and would like any and all feed back.
    I wish you much success. Have a wonderful day.

  5. Hi Patrica, I will check out your blog. I don't have a degree either, but a lot of writers today don't. I think it's great that you published. There's a lady in one of my groups that's in her 80's and she keeps on writing! I think it's wonderful! Thanks for leaving a comment!