The Secret to a Great Read

Aiko's Treasure

To be a writer you have to love reading. I’ve read thousands of books over the years and I know what I like and what type of writing keeps me glued to the page (or screen).

Many contemporary books these days seem to get bogged down with page after page of scene description, or worse, lengthy internal dialogue where you read about ‘everything’ the character is thinking. Whenever I encounter too much of either of these, I simply skip over the pages until I get to action or dialogue.

NOTE: More descriptive texts and scenes are naturally needed for historical novels, even sci-fi, fantasy and crime stories).

Consider the following text from my latest novel. This scene is the first time the male protagonist visits her home. As you can see, there is a little internal dialogue and even less description, allowing the focus to be mainly on the characters.

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