3 Tips To Adding Masterpiece Layers To Your Manuscript

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Art forgeries make millions for those masterful enough to fake the real thing. If we just love to look at the picture, why does it matter if it is forged?

Because there is nothing like the original to completely express to us the value it holds. The original is worth millions and its fake a mere pittance.

3 Tips To Adding Masterpiece Layers To Your Manuscript:

1. Create authenticity by giving it contextual meaning. Giving our manuscript that edge that shows we know the times we live in and what is desired by our readers in the here and now. Add in the flavor of its time period. Dialogue, trends, culture, all make a work of art more unique whether on canvas or paper.

Great Examples of this:

The Swiss Courier  -     By: Tricia Goyer, Mike Yorkey      Shadows of the Past, Logan Point Series #1   -     By: Patricia Bradley  The Dancing Master  -     By: Julie Klassen

2. Capture the true essence of our author intentions for the story. Many times along the way we lose sight of our goal for the story and its direction. If the story truly captures the essence of our intentions as an author it will be more unique. It’s story should flow from us and through our character in a way that captures who the characters are.

Great Examples of this:

The Wedding Dress  -     By: Rachel Hauck   Butterfly Palace  -     By: Colleen Coble    The Shadow of Your Smile, Deep Haven Series #5   -     By: Susan May Warren

3. Unique voice. A masterpiece has a way of singling out the unique qualities of sound or voice, drowning out the details inside of it and making itself known. It is uniquely the artist or author’s.

Great Examples of this:

Made to Last   -     By: Melissa Tagg    Danger in the Shadows   -     By: Dee Henderson Lakeside Family  -     By: Lisa Jordan

Wish You Were Here    -     By: Beth Vogt They Almost Always Come Home  -     By: Cynthia Ruchti Falls Like Lightning - eBook  -     By: Shawn Grady SEAL Under Siege  -     By: Liz Johnson

I could give so many great examples of Writing Masterpieces, but above I’ve listed some of my favorites. Still, there are several more…how could I ever list them all.

What are your favorite writing Masterpieces?


About Michelle Lim

Author Michelle Lim is the Brainstorming/Huddle Coach with My Book Therapy Press and the Midwest Zone Director for American Christian Fiction Writers. Michelle’s romantic suspense is represented by Karen Solem of Spencillhill Associates and has gained contest recognition in the Frasier, the Genesis, and the Phoenix Rattler, winning the Genesis in 2015 for her genre. Michelle writes devotionals for The Christian Pulse Online Magazine and Putting On The New. Since her nonfiction book release, Idea Sparking: How To Brainstorm Conflict In Your Novel, through public speaking and online chats Michelle helps writers discover the revolutionary power of brainstorming to bring new life to their stories.

8 thoughts on “3 Tips To Adding Masterpiece Layers To Your Manuscript

  1. dtopliff says:

    I plan to write a blog post on this, but in Amsterdam’s Rikstad Museum I loved noticing special Rembrandt touches that made him such an outstanding master. For instance, his subjects eyes were not just brown or blue, but had a speck of white or pearl color in it, like hitting and refracting the eye, and making it so much more life-like. Greatness is made of such detail. Did I miss hearing the answer to Monday’s mystery question?

    • Michelle Lim says:

      You didn’t miss the answer to the question…I did a whoops and accidentally scheduled this post for today instead of tomorrow. I will update the beginning with the mystery answer this afternoon.

  2. Love this post…and thank you very much for using my book as an example!! My ceramics teacher was in the US under a Masters visa. That meant her pottery was in the top 6% of the country. She worked primarily in porcelain and many of her vases were cut work pieces–after she threw them, she cut out lacy patterns. Now if that had been me, the very last cut would have probably, no definitely, destroyed the piece. Here’s a link to some of her work: http://porcelainbyantoinette.com/porcelain-gallery.html

  3. Liz Johnson says:

    Michelle, love your post today. I love your point about identifying your goal and sticking with it through the book. So honored to be included with many fabulous authors. Thanks!

  4. Melissa Tagg says:

    Thanks so much for including MTL, Michelle! That made me smile a lot!

    Two of my newest favorite writing masterpieces:

    Kristy Cambron’s debut novel, The Butterfly and the Violin. It comes out this summer and it is a gorgeous story. I loved it sooooo very much! It had all the pieces you mentioned above.

    And right now I’m reading Jonathan Merritt’s Jesus is Better than You Imagined. It’s non-fiction, so it’s a different kind of “writing masterpiece.” And yet, all the elements you noted in your post are very present in the book. I am gushing to everyone I talk to about it. Truly one of the best books I have ever read.

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