That’s what you want your story to have. To capture the reader so thoroughly they can’t put the book down. But how do you do that? Or worse, how do you tell someone else how to do it?
If you’ve been reading this blog for a couple of weeks now, you know we’re in the middle of our unpublished author contest. I’ve read some entries that just blew me away. They wowed me with their clever phrasing, awesome descriptions and deep emotions. They sucked me in and didn’t turn me loose. I loved it. And wondered if my own work had the same wow factor. If not, how do I get it?
Um, not easily. I can practically guarantee you these people have been writing. A lot. They’ve studied the craft, gone to workshops and conferences, spent hours sweating over their work and have found their voice. Which is what makes their stories so unique.
When I read entries that still need a lot of work, I struggle on how to correct them, yet give them encouragement. One of the things I tell them is to find an author they like and rip their books apart. What drew them in? What made them keep turning the pages until they reached the HEA at the end? Try to emulate that author. At least until they find their own voice.
But what I try to instill on them most is….
And one day they, too, will find their stories have the zip, pow and zing factor that keeps the reader coming back time and time again.