Great stories dwell on conflicts. Whether it’s a romance novel, a thriller, or a memoir, there will always be a struggle of some sort. No novel starts and ends with people living happily ever after. In fact, kid’s stories and fairy tales are filled with conflicts, good versus bad events.
Yet, a great story is not hinged on just a single conflict. It should be a series of nerve-wracking situations or a progression of low-level struggles into one massive suspense-filled climax. These thrilling events should follow each other in an action-reaction evolution of incidents.
A particular focal scene should be delivered in such a way that it moves the plot forward with action and information unfolding right before the reader. But, for the scenes to make more impact, it has to establish a particular objective which the protagonist hopes to achieve. The story becomes more exciting when you create impediments that hinder the main character from getting what he wants. Some writers complicate these situations even more by adding complications every time the hero fails to reach his goal.
You do not have to create heartless, cruel scenes in order to sell a story. You may want to copy the suspense progression of successful writers until you develop your own style. You may not be able to create a lot of intersecting events in your initial draft, but you can increase the tension while you proofread and edit your manuscript. In order to create scenes that are difficult to put down, you have to return to your earlier scenes and add extra layers of complications.
Yes, it entails hard work and diligence but when you hit the spot, the rewards in the form of rave reviews and encouraging comments from satisfied readers will be hard to match. You can gauge the efficacy of your scenes and intersecting events by sending your finished chapters to critic groups. Comments coming from your peers and your target market representatives can help you enhance your scenes and develop them into more enjoyable and exciting events.
Keep in mind that the worldwide web has opened the door for thousands of new writers and the competition for readership has become stiff. Aside from competing with other writers for a spot on a publisher’s list, we are also trying to make book-reading more enjoyable than playing video games and watching movies.
Yes, a good book requires days, months, and even years of research and to make it more competitive, you need to make sure that you create great scenes and intersecting events.