What’s not to like about a list? Lists are so popular. They’re everywhere and about everything. I came across this one on Facebook. Loved it. Well, liked it enough to save, respond, and share.
Ten novels agents have seen so many times before it makes them nauseous.
Fun to peruse—UNTIL—I found a couple that actually affect me and the NaNoWriMo novel I’m working on RIGHT NOW!
1. The Axe to Grind Novel: Okay, I like my villains. They came first. Such strong personalities. But I didn’t mean to grind axes. You gotta believe me.
2. I Didn’t Ask for This! Okay, my protagonist is a little reluctant. But come on, she’s only twenty-two. She’s not a fully-formed adult yet. Cut me some slack.
3. Strange But True: I did this with a photo and a short story. Will it be okay if I promise to be extra careful in the future?
4. You Can Trust Me: No you can’t. I only know three things, for sure, at any one time. Those three things can change. I know it, and now you do too.
5. Anything Zombies: I don’t do Zombies. I reserve the right to write about aliens and fairy folktales.
6. Greatest Hits: Not likely.
7. Picture Books for Adults: Not even remotely possible.
8. Eat, Pray, Whatever: So not going to happen. I’m keeping this stuff to myself. You’re on your own.
9. “Historical” YA: Also not likely. There are severe language issues here. Kids today talk in code. However, I reserve the right to mine my own history.
10. Professor Wonderful, i.e. Wonder Boys??? I have no clue what this is all about. The world is safe on this one.
Here’s where to find the real list: