Write well. Write often. Edit wisely.
The story problem and the story question are vital components of any fiction. A discussion of the importance of the story question for readers.
Look for and then correct story problems that shock readers out of the fictional world. A list of common story problems that can ruin the reader’s experience.
Take a lesson from Olympic TV coverage and interest your readers in your characters and the ordeals they undergo. Make readers care about characters and a story’s outcome.
Entertain the reader by telling a good story. Make readers want to read what you write.
Excerpt from The Magic of Fiction—Keep the Reader in Mind
Treat readers the way a chef treats his favorite customers—give them the good stuff, prepared with their tastes in mind. Make each story, beginning to end, a tasty one.
Take a lesson from a review of the newest Star Wars movie, The Force Awakens—give readers more than the expected.
The last couple of articles I’ve written have focused on grammar and punctuation. On rules. And while learning rules is important, sometimes we need to focus on other writing concerns. Sometimes we need to immerse ourselves in the power of our passions. Just recently I was dramatically reminded of this need once again. PBS stations in the […]
Every writer and every book gets negative reviews, whether deserved or not. A lighthearted look at reasons why some readers won’t like your fiction.
Even your most avid fans may hunger for a different protagonist, a different story world, or even a different genre. Consider options for when readers become saturated by elements of your stories.