By Jody Hedlund, @JodyHedlund
One of my favorite compliments from readers is, "I stayed up really late reading your book."
Story tellers would much rather have their books keep readers awake until unreasonable hours rather than having their books put readers to sleep.
So how can writers make readers bright-eyed, excited, and turning the pages rather than bleary-eyed, yawning, and closing the book?
Here are 6 ways to keep readers up past their bedtime:
1. Make Every Scene Count:
Before I write a scene, I envision a stage and my characters upon it. Who would want to go to a play and watch the actors meander around the stage talking to themselves or reflecting on problems while eating, getting ready, shopping, driving in the car, talking on the phone, etc.? Big yawn.
Rather than the mundane and ordinary, our audience wants to be entertained by the unfolding story. Put the characters on stage and have them jump right into the action and drama.
If we eliminate static scenes, then readers will come to expect that every scene in our book adds suspense or value to the plot, even when we slow the pace. The more succinct and necessary we make each scene, the fewer parts readers will be able to skim or skip.
2. Make Every Character Count: . . .
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