My “Good Book” Shopping List – Part 2: Characters

So, what is it that makes a book good? This is a question that has haunted everyone in the writing industry, probably for as long as there has been a writing industry. As I want to be a published author someday, I think it is a good thing that I am examining the question now.

A book is broken up into two major points for me, story and characters. “But Erin, aren’t characters a part of the story?” Well, yes. Of course they are. But they are also important on their own. And they have their own pitfalls. Neither characters nor story are more important than the other. You can’t have a story without characters, and characters without a story is just a lot of writing for no good reason.

Therefore, without further adieu, I bring you my personalized list of what makes a book “good”. Let’s start with characters, shall we?

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