I had an epiphany the other day. Not sure where it came from, or why so sudden--I've been reading for a lot of years. But I think it's Kindle-related. And writing-related, of course.
Since I got my Kindle at Christmas, I've read a lot of books. I mean like 3-5 a week lot. I've never been the kind to put a book down--even the bad ones. Though, since I began writing, I've gotten a lot more choosy, and picky while I read. Lately, though, I've put a bunch of books "down." Last night, I was skimming through my books on the Kindle and noticed at least 10 on the first few pages that were partially read. (I'm not going to get into the self-pubbing aspect/debate of this, but yes the unfinished were all self-pubbed, except one. BUT, a good amount of the books I've read/finished/loved on my Kindle have been self-pubbed, too.)
Yet, there was one I read recently that I would have sworn I'd put down. But I didn't.
I'm highly character driven, and the characters were meh. They lacked chemistry and the heroine was wishy-washy. The writing was far to "telling" (big part of the characters lacking chemistry), which bogged the pace considerably. Still, I trudged on. Once finished, I debated why I'd stuck with it. I came to the conclusion that it was the strong plot. The characters were just enough that I vaguely rooted for them instead of not caring at all, but had it not been for that strong plot I would have put it down pretty early on, I think. The plot held together throughout and was done well enough that I stuck it out for the complete outcome (not just to see if the h/H would make it--it's a romance, I know what's gonna happen ;) ). Nothing felt forced and contrived just to get them where they needed to be and it flowed neatly.
Who knew this massively character-driven girl would forgo voice for plot oneday? Learn something new ...