Toni Morrison said, “If there’s a book that you want to read, but it hasn’t been written yet, then you must write it.”
The quote fits with the brainstorming activity that one should list out certain elements of a book that one loves to read about to incorporate them in one’s own writing. For instance, my top five favorite elements of a book include:
- New Worlds.
- Diverse Cast.
- Medieval or future time periods.
Can you tell that fantasy is my favorite genre of book?
On the flip-side, elements of a novel that I don’t particularly need or care about to enjoy the plot would probably include romance, horror and excessive gore, and degrading aspects of a culture or people in general.
What about you? If you were creating the recipe for the perfect novel, what elements would be your “ingredients?”