Is it really possible to write a bestselling novel to order? To break down its constituent parts and use them as a kind of writing-a-blockbuster-by-numbers?
After all, literature isn’t Lego, is it?
Despite this, many people have tried. On the bookshelves, physical and digital, you’ll find endless books and courses on how to write a bestselling novel.
Some of them use complicated algorithms that break every element down to a series of mathematical formulae. While, at the other end of the scale, some merely present you with a series of building blocks and leave you to assemble them into a literary whole.
And there may be something in it, especially if you’re writing genre fiction.
If it’s that easy, however, why isn’t everyone doing it?
A good question. Which is why when I saw this infographic on one of my favorite writing blogs, Book Baby I was intrigued. Have a look and see if you think they have the anatomy of a bestselling novel worked out…
Do you think Book Baby got it right? Have they broken down the anatomy of a bestselling novel? Or is there more to it than that?