Guess what? I just finished a fifth (or sixth?) draft of a manuscript. That makes two solid edits I’ve finished this year—and it’s not even February yet!
Also, I’m working on an outline for another idea. I’ve decided to take a different approach with this one, since it’s going to be for a different audience than my other work. I’m reading publisher websites, requirements, requests, that sort of thing. Also, I’m paying attention to what people in that target audience are reading.
I’m not surprised by what I see.
In all my research, in all genres of YA and adult material, there is one thing that will always have an audience, no matter the story. Emotion.
Stories that are emotionally driven will always have readers because emotion is something with which everyone can identify and which we all feel. Romance, love, anger, hate, happiness, contentment, fear, triumph—these are the feelings we experience every day, and also the ones our favorite characters experience in our favorite stories.
What are your favorite emotionally driven story lines?