Posted by: nancyisanders | April 5, 2011

D is for 3-D

Any time we can make our characters, plot, and setting 3-D, it’s a big plus for our manuscripts! It helps our story come alive, feel real, and catch the eye of an editor.

We can make our setting 3-D by adding sensory details.
Sight: What does our character see?
Smell: What does she smell each time she walks into a certain room?
Touch: What does she feel brush across the back of her neck or poke her in the ribs? Hear: What does she hear going on in the background of the scene?
Taste: What yummy treat does she eat at the circus?

We can make our characters 3-D by getting to know them.
Interview your character.
Start a journal for your character where your character writes down her thoughts.
Find a picture that looks like your character.

We can make our plot 3-D by adding subplots.
Try adding 1 subplot to your picture book.
Try adding 5 subplots to your middle grade novel.
Try adding 10 subplots to your young adult novel.

Let’s make our stories 3-D so they pop off the page and into the hearts of our readers!


  1. So far I think your ABCs are more helpful than mine, LOL. Great tips on making books come alive! Although a walking talking book would be kinda creepy…wait, I think they call it a Kindle or iPhone…LOL. Smiles!!

    • My son is going to by a Nook, so I’m excited to “borrow” it and see how this whole new stuff works! Walking talking books indeed!!! :o)-Nancy

  2. I love your site and as I browsed your blog I decided to award you the Best Books Blog Award.
    Go to and pick up your award.

    • Wow, Deirdra! I’m speechless!!! Thank you so much for the honor. -Nancy

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