I just got done with a “Mom’s Night Out” photography class. A full-time job, writing, and being a mom isn’t enough to keep me busy I guess. While there the photographer, Laura Monahan, gave away a great secret.
Distract a child with candy and you will get a smile. No the child isn’t going to do exactly what you wanted, but you will still capture a memory to last a life time.
I put that into my own words, but isn’t it a great point? If you distract someone with a few great points you get the outcome you wanted even if there are some shortcomings.
So although she isn’t a writer, she is an artist with a few of her own tricks. Add the things that someone wants to read and whatever you fail at will be ignored. I’d love to give you a list of what the ‘must haves’ are, but that depends on you, your genre, and how you write. I’d say for me, readers would expect some sarcasm and a crazy and headstrong heroine.
What do you think? What elements can you throw out to your reader like candy to give them enough distractions no matter what our weaknesses are?