If I didn’t mention yesterday, Tim is a senior editor from Putnam. Where have I seen this guy before? He looks very familiar.
The Basics of Good Writing
Conflict and resolution
Almost as important
Sympathy for protagonist
Fresh and original take on the story
Compelling secondary characters
A beginning, a middle, and end
A narrative arc
Opening that hooks readers immediately
Point of view
Voice is the most difficult to fix. This is where ‘natural talent’ comes into play.
You need to know your character, intimately.
You character shouldn’t be ‘perfect’, but at the same time, if the voice is right you can pull it off.
Conversely, the anit-hero can also be good. Think Clint Eastwood’s cowboy’s characters. Not somebody who you would bring home to mother, but you still root for the guy.