To be interested in a book, the story has to have narrative drive. Like a sound building, the structure of the novel has to be unshakeable. The subtext has to be there, the characters have to be there, and every sentence has to drive the reader forward. When a friend had read an early version of this story, I asked her why she finished it. "To find out what happened," was her response. When a story's pages go by and you don't notice it, it has narrative drive. Chris Orcutt describes it this way:
Over the past year, I've become obsessed with the writers of paperback noir/crime/sleaze novels from the late 40s through the 60s. Having now read at least 100 of them (no small feat, considering how difficult they are to find), I can say with authority that these guys knew better than any other authors of their time (and today, for the most part) how to hook the reader and keep him hooked.And yes, the covers were eye-catching, but as titillating as they were, they weren't enough to keep men reading if the story sucked.(www.orcutt.net)Writing and publishing are entrepreneurial activities. For my thoughts on entrepreneurship, go to www.hatman2.blotspot.com. For my thoughts on entrepreneurial real estate, go to www.yourstopforrealestate.com/blog.