Gasp. I know. It feels like blasphemy saying that.
So I started to analyze what it is about the book that isn’t getting me excited, and I’ve figured it out—false choices.
Every choice the heroine makes isn’t really a choice. Die or fight—of course she will fight. Save her family or save herself—unless she's totally selfish the choice is obvious. I could go on and on.
I can see every twist and turn and I know every choice the heroine will make—it is so boring.
So what I take away from reading this is that the choices we give our characters need to be real choices. I think instead of a choice between good and bad, how about a choice between good and good or even better—bad and bad!
I’m going to look at my story and see if I have crafted real choices.