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Friday, July 29, 2011

Writers: Use Your S.O.B. Meter

A hint for writers: use the Glenn S.O.B. Meter to check the level of Suspension Of Belief your novel requires the reader to exercise.

Think of a scale with three levels of S.O.B. - one-third is colored Red and means there is very little to no S.O.B. required of your reader. The next third is colored Yellow and means some level of S.O.B., while the last third is colored Green and means a high degree of suspension of belief.

These three parts are equal to levels of S.O.B. that are Low, Some and High.

If your storyline (the plotline, the events, and the characters) falls into the Red third because it requires very little suspension of belief by your readers, ask yourself  if this is an indicator that your story might be a bit on the boring side? Do your readers want to escape their world, and be absorbed in the world and characters you have created? If your answer is Yes, then consider whether to move the needle higher up the S.O.B. Meter.

The ideal part to be in is the High portion, but if you end up there, you have to make sure that your novel has not lost all credibility with readers.

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