What am I reading now? Don't Judge a Girl by her Cover (Ally Carter)
Annnd. . . what do I think so far? Crap! Crap! Crap! NO, NOT THE BOOK--I love it!
I just realized that I have skipped a book in the series. I read I'd Say I Love You but then I'd Have To Kill You awhile back. You might have noticed I also love the Heist series she is doing right now, so when I saw this one I was excited to read it. But I keep asking myself "Who is Zach?" "Wasn't his name Josh?" "What other school?"
I'd hate to admit how many times I've done this, except I just did.
This book is funny, interesting and twisty with smart-girl characters full of unique voice. LOVE IT!
Confession: Some characters in my first draft are just kind of hanging out on the page in some scenes. I write them in, they do something or they say something, but the reader won't get to know them better because of the scene. I know what is motivating my character. But by reading what I wrote, you wouldn't--which is ultimately what I'm hoping for.
Our latest book "Damnation" is in revision now, and I'm adding questions to my revision list that I hope will help me examine scenes more closely to develop the characters more.
• Did I describe the physical traits? (Start with an easy one on the top of the list, start with success)
• Why is the character motivated to be here, doing this, with the other characters?
• What do other people in this scene say about the protagonist or antagonist?
• How can I show the character's reactions to characters, places or circumstances that will reveals values, inner demons or desires?
• What effect does that character have on the others?
• What actions are natural here? Which ones would surprise or reveal?
• How can I tweek the speech to add more understanding of the character?
• What did the character succeed at and fail at in this scene?
Here's another one for the revision list! Go through the Character Depth questions in each scene.