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Do you know what an Id list is?

Do you know what an Id list is?

  • 18 May, 2024
  • Emily Kimelman

I learned about this recently, and just LOVE it.

Basically, it's all the stuff your Idโ€”the lizard brain part of your brainโ€”loves in a book. This can be tropes, types of characters, locations, details, anything in a book that gives you that FEELING.

The phrase was coined by Dr. Jennifer Barnes, a psychologist, cognitive scientist, and YA romance author. She gave a talk on it at a conference years ago, and when I heard the recording it made so much sense.

I started an Id list, and it's FUN to keep track. One of mine is conversations on the beach that turn into a fight where they have to yell over the sound of the surf and wind. I also love intimate fights in tight spaces that turn into kisses. Really any fight in a tight space no matter how it ends I'm a fan of. ๐Ÿ˜‚

I also LOVE the moment when the bad guy thinks they've won, but the hero looks up from under their brow, and that spark is there, and you just KNOW the baddie is about to go DOWN.

Anytime a dog is funny, brave, sweet...okay fine, anytime there is a dog who feels alive, my Id is purring like a kitten. ๐Ÿ˜น

Whenever I'm having trouble getting into a scene, I grab my Id listโ€”which I keep on my phoneโ€”and pull a few things off it to pop into the scene.

What would you put on your Id list?

My books are basically just one long Id list for me. So if our Ids match, you might like my books...

My Id is super satisfied by looonnngggg series where the characters grow and change. If you're the same, check out the box set of the first eight Sydney Rye Mysteries.

๐™Ž๐™ฎ๐™™๐™ฃ๐™š๐™ฎ ๐™๐™ฎ๐™š ๐™–๐™ฃ๐™™ ๐™๐™š๐™ง ๐™™๐™ค๐™œ ๐™š๐™ญ๐™–๐™˜๐™ฉ ๐™Ÿ๐™ช๐™จ๐™ฉ๐™ž๐™˜๐™š ๐™ฌ๐™ž๐™ฉ๐™ ๐™– ๐™ซ๐™š๐™ฃ๐™œ๐™š๐™–๐™ฃ๐™˜๐™šโ€”๐™ฉ๐™๐™š ๐™™๐™ค๐™œ ๐™™๐™ค๐™š๐™จ๐™ฃ'๐™ฉ ๐™™๐™ž๐™š ๐™—๐™ช๐™ฉ ๐™ฉ๐™๐™š ๐™—๐™–๐™™ ๐™œ๐™ช๐™ฎ๐™จ ๐™™๐™ค.

๐Ÿ“šย Pay what you want for the first 8 Sydney Rye Mysteries in ebook or digital audiobook. Save 40% on paperbacks:

๐Ÿ“šย Continue the adventure with books 9-12:

๐Ÿ“šย Catch up with books 13-15:

๐Ÿ“˜ย Readย Relentless, Sydney Mysteries Book 16:

๐Ÿ“—ย Download the newest release,ย Jagged Truth, Sydney Rye Mysteries Book 17:

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โ˜•๏ธ If youโ€™ve read all the Sydney Rye Mysteries and preorderedย Brutal Mercy,ย THANK YOU.

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May you find books with all the things from your Id list...


P.S. I promise the dog doesn't die but make no assurances about anyone else. ๐Ÿ˜ˆ

P.P.S. You should probably unfollow me now if you have issues with "strong" language, sex out of wedlock, or LGBTQ+ characters. ๐Ÿ‘ˆ Top 3 things my one-star reviews complain about.

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