It's happened to all of us. You hear rave reviews about a book and based on this information, you drop everything and rush to get a copy. You clear the rest of your day and read, read, read, thunk. You hesitate to begin another chapter because you know the misery will continue. Trying to be positive, you force yourself to turn one more page. It has to pick up. Everyone loved this book. Is it you? You're desperate to have that same lovin' feeling as everyone else, but it's just not happening. To make matters worse, you can't quite place what it is that is missing from this book. All you know is, it isn't doing it for you.
I call this the author's fingerprints. This is what separates one author, one book, from another. It's that magical sprinkling that captivates a reader and makes us love certain books and authors. And yes, sometimes, for whatever reason, an author can forget to add this to their own work.
I know of one author who is loved by everyone, at least it seems like it. Although, my sister and daughter, couldn't get passed the first chapter, but that's another post. Anyway, when you listen to the readers, there is something just a little different that draws them to this author. But one thing you will always hear is, I don't know what it is, there is just something about the way she writes.
Writers need that unknown element. As indescribable as it is, reader's recognize it when it's there and when it's missing. So, what is the special something that you sprinkle over your work that makes people say, I don't know what it is, but it's there?