Here is a post of mine over at the Limebird site, about how to make a story compelling.
OK, so you are writing a novel; what is it that keeps the reader actually reading?
For some it may be the bodice ripping count, if some pale and palpitating young thing doesn’t get her bodice ripped at least every other chapter, then it’s into the old supermarket box under the stairs with it, ready for a trip to the second-hand book store.
For others it’s body count, if they can’t picture the blood dripping from the spine of their book at regular intervals then why carry on?
Whatever it is that floats a reader’s particular boat, there is a common thread. Will the heroine find a protector, will the prisoner avoid the guards and escape? That common thread is jeopardy. According to the Collins English Dictionary, jeopardy can be defined as danger of injury, loss, death, etc.; risk; peril; hazard. In writing terms it can be what provides the…
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