The ‘X’ in X Factor

Hello my friends!

Well, that time of the year is upon us again. Admittedly, my FAVOURITE time of the year. Autumn and the run-up to the festive season!

I ADORE Hallowe’en (for obvious reasons!), bonfire night and then the ever-expanding period that is Christmas! It seems that it starts earlier and earlier every year. The first reference I came across this year, was on Radio 1 (mid-September) when I tuned in to hear Mariah Carey singing “All I want for Christmas.” Granted, it was a bit of a joke, but the DJ asking the audience whether it was too early was not lost on me.

There are Christmas markets popping up already and furniture companies are ‘promising’ your new sofa in time to curl up on it and watch A wonderful life, but the REAL indication that we are approaching Christmas (and no, it’s NOT the Coke advert!) is the appearance of the impossibly high trousers and Colgate smile, that is Simon Cowell and The X Factor!

Yes folks, it’s here, in all it’s glory! We’ll have the elation, the tears and the fickle public voting that we have grown accustomed to in the 12 week lead in to Christmas, that will deliver our Number One record. How predictable. BUT, we love it! 😉

My question is this: What makes a story/book unique? How do you know as a writer, if your novel has The X Factor? What, as a reader, do you want when you part with your hard-earned cash for the latest literary offering?

Answers on a Christmas card to….. 😉
Saffy. xx


Writer, dreamer, pantser.

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