A must read for any novelist.
The best way to have a successful novel is to learn to be a master at generating tension and conflict on every page. Of course we need to have an overall story problem that the protagonist needs to resolve by the end of the story. But, a lot of the story tension responsible for turning pages will be generated by things other than theBig Boss Troublemaker (antagonist responsible for the main story problem in need of solving).
Bad choices, baggage, close-range antagonists, false starts, wrong turns, protag’s immaturity are all ways we can keep readers wanting more. We generate questions that beg answers and give just enough for the reader to keep going, but not enough for the reader to feel quite satisfied.
If we don’t generate questions needing answers, the reader grows quickly bored. On the other hand, if we never give even little answers, the reader…
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