Give You Story The Trigger To Begin With
The key step to producing a hit novel is to give it the right start. Something unique and different always steals the show. You can perhaps start from a scene in which your protagonist is faced with an unusual situation or when he or she gets to experience the most challenging situation of their lives. This proves as a good a start to your novel because it rekindles the curiosity of your readers and helps keep their interest intact throughout the read.
Reserve Your Background Details For The Right Time
Be secretive about it; don’t seem eager to spill out the word before your reader is even ready to discover that piece of information. An information dump is definitely to be avoided. This is when you simply ‘dump’ all the information on your readers in a scene in which your protagonist has certain countable flashback moments and he blurts out all the information in one go merely because you want your audience to be aware of all that.
Stay Away From Ranting Too Much
A novel with too much to be said is definitely all over the place. Aim for something lighter, not too little altogether. Have your characters speak an amount that helps them connect with their audience. On the other hand, you need to play your part by saying less of what takes away the emotional aspect of your story. Remember, readers are emotionally attached to your story and they would do anything to make it stay if they love your story. You should do the same and avoid coming across as too pretentious by speaking more of things that sound light and soft; don’t go too heavy on your readers.
Conflict is the pivot of an interesting story. Most stories have internal conflicts within their characters while certain stories can develop engaging plots through external ones. Either ways, conflicts are important because they help turn around the plot and in many instances, keeps your audience hooked to what might happen next.
Stay Energetic And Active
While ‘active’ might refer to using an active voice in your narration, it also means being an active writer. This means moving on in the time that the story actually takes place in; it furthers requires you, as a writer to avoid massive generalizations and clichés in order to focus on building a better syntax and diction.
Say Bye To Monotony
One way to avoid being monotonous is to eliminate repetitive adjectives and adverbs from your writing. No one likes reading one piece over and over again. Similarly, as a reader, we surely don’t want to know if how ‘amazing’ something is and how ‘amazing’ it really was or perhaps how ‘beautiful’ that morning was which was so similar to the previous night since it was just as ‘beautiful’. Be realistic in your words- let your art make a difference.
Pay Attention To Your Characters
Your characters should be believable and memorable. As a writer, if there’s one thing you need to be sure about, it’s about the character science. The ‘character science’ requires a writer to know his limit to using a certain number of characters. The more characters you story revolves around, the more irritable your audience tends to get. You characters should also be very much relatable- something that always come around as an appealing aspect of a hit novel.
Eliminate Disbelief From Your Audience’s Mind
Don’t be too unrealistic in your approach to producing a ‘hit’ novel. A novel full of coincidental situations and impractical solutions tends to drive away your audience through elements of uncertainty and disbelief. Your causes and climax should look credible in the end.
Stay Away From Drama And Death
In this article, we use the metaphors ‘drama and death’ to highlight how artificial these can sound. Skip all the elements that make your writing look artificial. For instance, over reactions portrayed through writing or usage of strong and complex words tend to build an unbridgeable gap between you and your audience. This is because it is very much noticeable for a master reader and a literary enthusiast to recognize and piece that tries hard to get noticed.
Don’t Underestimate Your Reader- Give Him All The Subtext You Can!
Subtext is that one thing that a good reader always looks forward to. A reader who likes deep, thorough and thoughtful reading actually appreciates and interacts with your text on a whole new level- a reader who reads between the lines. As a writer, you look to connect with your readers and this is possible when you trust your reader with your words. The reader, in a sense, also makes a contribution to your work, his engagement and interest is what your writing needs to retain its emotional impact.