Friday, May 15, 2015

Search for the perfect - what?

It seems that everyone is in search of the "perfect" something. The perfect photo. The perfect song. The perfect wedding dress. The perfect house. The perfect idea. And the list goes on...

Authors are looking for the perfect word, character or story that will resonate with readers around the world and get them on the NY Best Seller List, translated into thirty-five languages, and actually make money.

Aside from that, I'm always on the lookout for the perfect purse. You know, the one with the right amount of pockets, not too big, not too small, comfortable on the shoulder. And don't forget "attractive." If my purse has a pocket for everything, a little space for a book or notebook and doesn't make me list to one side - it's the perfect one for what I need today.

Readers are in search of the next perfect read. Luckily there are many wonderful books out there and they will never stop after reading just one. With any luck the next new book will be the best one read so far. (We authors just have to get it written and out there.)

My husband is in search of the perfect pocket knife. A tool with all the gadgets he'll ever need, but it can't be too large or two small. Personally, I prefer a tool for each job. My favorite pen to write with. A high heel for a hammer. A screw driver with interchangeable ends. A rubber spatula for scraping the sides of the batter bowl.

I've always been of the opinion that you can never have too many earrings or books. There are perfect ones for every occasion or mood - but not just "one" for all time. We have our "favorites" that we wear, carry or read over and over again.

What is it about those things that make them "perfect"? That's the question we have to ask ourselves and as authors - and also answer. Does our story appeal to a broad audience or is it limited? Does our story provide lots of pockets of information, fun, intrigue for readers to explore? Does our story meet the needs of the reader?

When we find a book we can't put down, that speaks to us as if it were written for us specifically, what is it about that book that makes it so? How can we as authors capture that same essence in our own stories?

I'm full of questions today, instead of answers. Each of us has to find the perfect tools and resources to help us on the writing journey. Sharing our authoring experiences helps one another find our own way, that's why Author Expressions is so important. We are all seekers of something. We all need help along the way.

Spice. Variety. Both are keys to a happy journey, the perfect story and the perfect recipe. By the way, does anyone have a recipe for the perfect pizza dough? 


Jacqueline Seewald said...

Hi, Bonnie,

The group of writers who post for Author Expressions have a diversity of viewpoints and ideas. However, what we have in common is that we've all been published by Five Star/Gale/Cengage at some point. This means we're serious professional writers. I'm so glad we can come together and share our thoughts with readers and other writers.

Bonnie Tharp said...

Hi Jacqui. Thanks for the comment. The community of writers here is great.