Not sure where to start? Start with a hook. Something that instantly sparks the reader’s imagination. Get straight into the heart of the action in your first chapter. That way there is less chance to bore the reader. Grab them from the start and keep up the same momentum.
This is an important part of fiction writing. You must always move the story forward. It has to have that momentum until the end. But what if you think the story isn’t going anywhere? What if it seems to have come to a halt?
- Reveal parts of the story through dialogue – this moves the story forward and also increases pace.
- Pivotal action scenes also help move the story along.
- Create immediacy – characterisation and good dialogue help create a sense that the reader is right there, within your story.
- Provide necessary information – in other words, use your characters to impart pertinent information about the plot/story. This can be done through their inner thoughts their actions or through dialogue.
Read your story aloud. This may sound strange, but it works wonders for your writing. That’s because you are not just reading as you normally would a novel, but you are listening to the resonance of the narrative and descriptions, you are listening to the dialogue, you are listening to how the whole thing sounds and flows.
Are you in danger of sending your reader into a deep sleep with a story that seems limp and uninspiring? If so, then your story needs action and conflict. Certainly no story can be a story without conflict of some sort – this is what drives the characters and the story.