I read a lot!
I know, I know, I’ve said that before… I also read a lot of reviews, as I’m always curious what readers want, what they are looking for in a great book.
But can I just say…the last review I read shocked me. The review was by an Indie author, reviewing another Indie author, none the less. She loved the book, said she couldn’t put it down, read the novel in one day, gave it four stars (which is great), but then went on to say how the book didn’t fall under the 'normal' structure, and if it had, she would have given it five stars. (Not that four stars isn't a great review...it is! I'm just wondering why anyone would tell an author how to write their book.)
I’ve been fighting this for years, stating that other than writing well, why does there have to be a 'normal' structure?
Where is this rule written?
Should the same rule apply to building a house, writing a musical piece, creating a work of art? Of course not! Variety, creativity, and different, are usually what get noticed.
If the writing is sound, let the story stand on its own, I say. If you enjoyed the story, say so. You don’t have to give a play-by-play synopsis or grade it as though it were a college thesis. Just tell the other prospective readers if you liked the book, and then let them decide.
Personally, I just want to read a great story. I don’t really care how the author gets me to the end, as long as I’m happy when I get there. Just sayin’! J
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