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Tips to Hooking Up Your Readers to Your Story

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Upon starting as a writer writing stories, staying connected to your readers could be a struggle. Novel writers must learn to have the ability to give their readers the urge to find out more to keep them active in reading throughout the end of the story. The beginning of a story is a part where it is crucial you have hooked your readers to keep reading.

In this article, I will give tips on how to hook your readers to keep wanting to read your story, know more and ask for more.


1. Make a Strong and Memorable Inciting Incident.

What is an Inciting Incident? The Inciting Incident of every story is the event that will move your characters forward and will make the story busy and active. This incident is like a step leading to steps, an event going to events, and a story followed by stories. This incident is the event set as a journey for your characters toward reaching their goals and eventually reaching the story’s goal. This event should be bothering, exciting, intense, and emotional, disturbing your characters’ life and making them unbalanced.

In other cases, it propels, urges, and motivates your protagonist to act to proceed on a journey or chain of events.

I will set my own story, for example, The Bad Boy’s Property. The inciting incident in the story is when the main female character’s mother forces her to move to another school, making her ordinary and balanced life unsteady and troublesome.

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By the moment you reveal this part at the beginning of your story, ensure your readers have hooked up to read more.


2. Maintain Curiosity.

Curiosity is one of the most vital keys to making your readers want to read more. Keep your readers asking things. Questions in their head that they wish to get answers to will propel them to read more and more to know the answers to the questions that your story produces. Curiosity will drive them to want to look for more. To be guaranteed you will not fail to do this, learn to become one of your readers. Understand your story by heart. The emotions you feel reading the story you made will be your readers' emotions as they read.


3. Amplify The Events with The Next Events

Every succeeding event must amplify the emotions your story creates for your readers. If you have given some answers to some questions as the story goes, produce more so that the excitement that drives your readers to discover more will not fade away in a snap. Heavy changes in the novel make it more appealing and colorful, erasing the boresome the readers might feel.


4. Experiment.

If you have friends or family who love reading, ask them to read your story and get feedback before putting it out to public view. Ask them a set of questions that makes you know where you would be adjusting to allow the interest of your readers to keep reading guaranteed preserved.


5. Do Not Make an Inauthentic Flow.

Your readers will know if you make an inauthentic flow. For example, you made your character do something her personality can not do. Controlling the scenes or the characters in your story will give your readers frustration and a desire to stop reading. Not being genuine in creating the flow of the narrative can only do nothing but wreck it and the craving of your readers to stick to reading.

These are my ideas to ensure your readers won't lose their appetite for reading. What do you think we can add to these? Put your comments down below.

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