Most people are getting into writing, not knowing that writing is an art that needs special skills just like any other art out there. Everybody can write, but not everybody can write a story worth reading.
So, how do you make a story worth reading?
Below is a list of things to consider if you wish your story to be read a very enjoyable story for people to read.
Before writing an episode, or a story, it is necessary to do some research in order to make your story realistic and captivating. If in your story for example you are to talk about guns trotting thugs or CIDs possessing sophisticated instruments, it is good to write something that will make sense and sound real. For example, in as much as a story is fiction, we know a gun cannot propel its bullet for 30 miles, but a scud missile can!
Have a certain direction which you intend to steer the story. Make sure your scenes connect with each other smoothly not to appear like you are jumping into random scenes from paragraph to paragraph. You can even have a frame work of how you want the story to be. But at times, do not feel guilty if you deviate a little from the intended plot as long as the story is leading you to the right direction. Writing is dynamic.
MAKE YOUR CHARACTERS REAL:
Unless you are writing super hero stories, stories which people connect with are stories with real people who have real emotions, real challenges of a normal life, they should be able to get shocked, surprised, frightened, charmed, amused, challenged etc.
Having a hero who always win sometimes makes your story too predictable thus not so captivating to your audience. Make your hero at times face a challenge. Even in hero movies like RAMBO, he faces real challenges and even gets captured! Let your characters face challenges, but overcome.
READ AND READ MORE:
Being a writer does not mean you should never read, in fact read more novels, story books, articles, etc. This way, you get to learn what made that particular novel a success.
PICK A NICHE:
I know writers who can write literally about anything, but that does not go well to upcoming writers. If you are still rising, pick a niche. Write about stories about specific aspects of life e.g. social life, gangsters, eroticism, campus life, etc. This way, you will continue to build your base and increase the number of people who read your stories.
On picking a niche, it is also best to be writing stories of what you really know. Like personally, most of my stories are erotic in nature but I am a sexologist so writing a story with sex comes naturally to me.
Note that at the same time, you will be repelling those who hate that particular niche. But don’t worry, you cannot make everyone happy. In fact, some people will outright tell you that your writing sucks! But it sucks because that is what they love to read. Concentrate on your audience and ignore the rest.
Don’t write paragraphs spanning over and over. I often see this mistake with so many writers. Once a paragraph hits beyond 5 sentences, most readers start to get bored.
PAY ATTENTION TO GRAMMAR:
Don’t mix sentence cases, don’t use dialogs where they are not necessary, put dialogs where two people are supposed to be talking paying attention to punctuation marks, make your story more interesting by using English tools like metaphors, similes, etc.
If you are not good in English, trust me, most readers will abandon your stories given opportunity! And trust me, with so many writers out there, the competition is obviously high.
MAKE GRAND ENTRY!
The story should begin in a style and a fashion that will make the reader wish to continue reading. Most people will judge your story by the first few sentences and if the entry is captivating they will keep reading but if the entry is boring, they will abandon it.
Also put twists and turns into the story, suspense is key and being unpredictable. A predictable story is boring. You need to show your reader, “Hey, follow me as I tell you the story, you will enjoy the ride!”
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