I am officially on the fourth draft of my novel, but I ran across this blog while procrastinating, and thought I’d take the test.
Here’s the basic premise: There are too many novels out there to read, while trying to decide which of those books are worth your time, you should forego all the hype (the back page blurb, the quotes, whatever), and just read Page 69. If you like it, then buy it.
A test so simple, I couldn’t possibly pass it up. (I know, I should be working on the re-write. 🙄 )
I scrolled through my latest manuscript and read page 69 (or what amounts to page 69 in Google Docs). And you know what, I liked it. It’s where Andreas and Lorena meet for the first time. I would share it with you, but I’m hacking up that scene and totally changing the direction on it, so it really wouldn’t be fair to show it to you (plus, the writing is crappy).
Anyway, I was very pleased with what happened to fall on Page 69 and though the passage probably wouldn’t pass any sort of writing quality check point, it was intriguing. I can only hope the fourth draft ends up with something just as cool on Page 69.