It has been brought to my attention that I have forgotten a few things to my list =)
11. The author must take one of those dice from Scattergories (You know, the kind that has all of the letters on it) and roll it 12-15 times. They then take the letters and arrange them into a name. They then repeat this process for all the main characters. Oh, and cities.
12. Remove the Elves, Dwarves and humanoid bad guys...add droids and various kinds of aliens and you suddenly have a sci-fi book!