When do you know you’ve found a good author?

May 14, 2012 at 5:05 pm | Posted in Reading, Writing | 11 Comments
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Like many writers, I love to read books. I have done since I was a small child. I have found authors with writing skills at many levels, from poor to mediocre and right through to wonderful.

I have searched for as many books by my favourite authors as I can and wish there were more – and I have wondered why many other books were ever published at all.

So, what makes an author a favourite? For me, it is someone who gets me so involved in the story and characters that I can’t stop turning the pages, and yet not want it to end either.

But how can one author get me so involved while there are so many who don’t, and lots who even turn me right off?

I don’t think it is just the plot or story line of the book, though that needs to be engaging.

I don’t think it is just the characters or setting, though I want them to be believable.

I don’t think it is just the grammar or sentence construction either, though they can make a story much better – or much worse.

No, it is none of these things and yet all of them. But it is something else as well.

It is writing that makes you feel you are there, that you see the place where the action happens, that you identify with the characters and their responses; that you are inside the story, lost in it, and you want to stay there.

It is writing that flows so well that the writer makes an emotional connection with the reader, so much so that you don’t think of it as a story but as something you are experiencing as you read.

It is when, remembering the story long after, you see it more as an experience you have had, and not as a book you have read.

That’s when you know you have found, not just a good author, but a really talented author.

© Linda Visman

14th May 2012

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