Most of them were to do with clarity and simplicity. So, for instance,
dialogue attribution can't be ambiguous. Maintaining a consistent point of
view throughout each scene was another. Chronological shifts have to be
obvious. Mostly standard stuff, no matter who you're writing for. I don't
have the list to hand, but I recall that the one which made me think of
Patterson was the idea of the 'reward' aspect of brevity: short words, short
sentences, short paragraphs, short chapters, all of which go towards making
the reader feel more confident and wanting to read more.
----- Original Message -----
From: "Sean Shapiro" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Sent: Thursday, November 20, 2008 11:24 AM
Subject: Re: RARA-AVIS: SMALL CRIMES AND DRAGON TATTOO
> Out of interest -- What are the points on the 'reluctant reader'
> checklist? You don't have to list them all, just a general idea will do.
> If you don't mind that is.
> Could be a useful tool even with eager readers, no?
> Thanks in advance.
> Sean Shapiro
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