Tuesday, 18 June 2013
How To Keep Your Readers Hooked.
Last week I blogged about writing the first chapter and how that was the hardest job of all. I had many fellow writers agree with me and I also had those who did not.
Those writers pointed out that writing the rest of the book can be harder, and from that point I do agree with them.
Here's what I mean ...
When you write the first chapter you are making a promise to your reader. You're saying to them that your book will keep them entertained, enthralled and on the edge of their seat. You're setting a style and tone to your writing that you must keep up during the rest of the book. And sometimes that can be a very tricky thing to do.
All successful stories must have an element of suspense. No matter what the style of writing is like, whether you write in first or third person, you must write with suspense as your goal to keep your readers turning those pages.
I've read a couple of books lately that I've been disappointed with. I've been drawn to their plotlines because the blurb sounded interesting but when I've read the book, I've been waiting for a turn or a twist or for something to actually happen. But nothing does. All I get is a very flat story and then I question why I've bothered to waste my time reading it.
If I had bought the book I would have been very disappointed indeed but because I've just got them out of the library it's not been too bad.
But those books illustrate my point perfectly. A plotline just isn't enough. You have to make it interesting. And how do you do such a thing?
You have to add a huge dollop of conflict and suspense. Make your characters have the worst possible lives because a happy, smooth life is lethal in fiction. And keep your reader guessing what happens next. Too many storylines are predictable and predictable equals boring. If your reader already knows what's going to happen at the end then why should they bother to keep on reading?
Tell me how do you make sure your reader is hooked on your book?
Posted by LK Watts at 03:54