Last week, I talked about how I was going to be diving into revisions and sharing the path I’m taking via hints.
The main element when we write a book is that we want our readers to keep reading. So, I think I’m going to start what I like to call (Drumroll please) the Wednesday Writing Series About Hooking Your Reader.
I’ll be giving two hints a blog post. Let’s keep going!
TWO QUICK HINTS TO KEEP YOUR READER HOOKED ON YOUR BOOK
Make People Wonder
Not knowing what is going to happen is a big deal when someone is reading the story. Make them wonder what might happen.
One method to do this is to not tell them everything right off. Give some elements of what is happening, but not all.
So, in the NEED series, I have the main character see a man in the woods at the side of the road and also pointing at her plane as it takes off. The reader thinks: Wait. Who the heck is that man?
In Harr Potter, J.K. Rowling, introduces the Bo Who Lived, but what did he live through and how? The reader wonders and reads to find out…
Make them freaking worried
The reader needs to care about the character. We want Mr. Potter and Ron and Hermione to survive because those kids are lovable, but we also are worried that survival might not be an option. The stakes are high and those magical? These babies aren’t superheroes. Death is possible. Near death happens all the time. We obsess that the trio might not survive.
That’s a hook.
That high stakes conflict coupled with imperfect heroes who tr so hard? That’s the ke
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Ebook on Sale for July
And finally, for the month of July, my book FLYING is on sale in ebook version on multiple platforms, which means not just Amazon. It’s a cheap way to have an awesome read in a book that’s basically Men in Black meets Buffy the Vampire Slayer but with chocolate-covered pretzels.
Carrie will be at The Books-A-Million in South Portland, Maine on August 8.