By: Amanda Patterson
I have been posting articles about writing novels for a long time. Regular Writers Write contributors, Mia Botha, Anthony Ehlers, and I add weekly blogs about writing techniques and writing routines, but some things never change. There are always certain ways to make your novel more memorable. Here are 17 tips for writers who want to do just that.
- Build your plot around the decisions you want your protagonist to make.
- Structure your book as a roller-coaster ride. It should be a physical journey that forces you to vicariously experience a series of emotions. Pace it. Give us moments of respite and then throw us back into the action.
- Keep it simple. Tell the story. Make sure you have a clear beginning, middle and ending.
- Write from your heart. Don’t pretend to be something you are not. Readers will sense if you’re not being genuine. You do not have to know what you are writing about. As Nikki Giovanni says, writers don’t write from experience. They write from empathy.
- Start your novel at the end of the backstory you’ve created. Begin with a breathtaking inciting moment. Something should happen that leads to a revelation of a shocking fact, a surprising insight, or a unique perspective. The protagonist’s status quo must change and he or she needs to act or react. Move your story forward. Don’t look back.
- Include only the most important parts of the story...
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