How To Keep The Readers Reading

The thought of creating good characters make people cringe. Unless you are unique and naturally talented, it is a dreadful and stressful activity. The especially hard part is making a good conflicting character — a character that can make the reader cringe in sadness or anger whenever the conflicting character does something irregular.

The knight smiled cruelly as he watched the helpless maiden struggle in the water. As she spluttered for breath, the knight jeered. “I hope your husband survives longer then you!” As the maiden fought for breath, she managed to say, “Why are you doing–” she stopped abruptly and sank down in the water, as an arrow sprouted from her chest. The knight laughed viciously crunched his pet hawk between his hands.

A taste of what an evil character might be like. Of course this is all theoretical, this might not even make you cringe. It’s only an example of what make readers want to keep reading, angry at the evil knight, or full of revenge, waiting for the evil knight to die in the next few pages. 

The assassin crept stealthily into the kitchen. The old must have been asleep, for the house was silent. As the assassin began to pile the blueberries from the basket into his satchel, he saw a sudden movement dissolve into the shadows. Either it was his imagination, or something was there. He whisked around facing the corner, and became face to face with a terrified looking kitten. It’s soft fur was fluffed up in fear, and tried to look threatening by raising one little paw in defiance. The assassin snorted and flung the kitten away with a quick flick. It let out a squeak and came charging back angrily. It grappled with his foot. This time the assassin was angry. If the kitten managed to make enough noise, the old man would know and call the police. He grabbed the kitten by the scruff and mercilessly slammed it against the cold hard floor. It gasped for breath and lay feebly on the floor, legs twitching. Satisfied, the assassin resumed his task of the stealing the blueberries. It was not long until once again, he felt sharp teeth and thorn sharp claws penetrate his leg. He snarled and grabbed the kitten by the scruff. He leveled to it’s face. It mewed defiantly and raked his paws across the assassins nose, leaving scarlet droplets rolling down his face. The assassin silently cursed and threw the kitten across the room. It landed with a sickening crunch as it crashed into the heater, unable to keeps its balance. It moved no more. The assassin finished off the last of the blue berries and stepped out into the dark.

Which was sadder? Which one really made you cringe? Think about it. The first example also showed cruelness, but which one really made you feel sad, angry enough to barge in and stop the assassin or the evil knight? It’s up to you!

Point is you want excitement, romance, drama. You want the reader to not be able to put the book down. You want their total allegiance. Take note of the way I kept steady action, rising into a climax. As soon as the kitten was introduced into the story, you knew something bad was going to happen, admit it.

 

How To Express Your Style

Each writer has a different way of expressing themselves — a mix of your own voice, tone, sense of humor, and a whole lot more. Eventually your find your own experienced style, but it’ll take a lot of writing and reading. Your own private style could be simple or complex, boring or emotional.

Whatever you do, do not try to mimic another authors style. This does not mean to ignore all the famous authors, it just means create your own and unique style. There are thousands of variations of styles, all of which are 100% unique. Creating a good and flowing style is important; it defines your story as it moves along.

As long as you keep writing, your own advanced style will come up, you may not even notice it, but it will.

Try to build a strong foundation for your own writing by reading other good literature. Like I’ve said multiple times, the only way to get good at expressing your style is by knowing what styles are good.

The Top 3 Tips For Creating A Good Story

Yes, there are only three important tips for creating a well structured story. Revising, reading, and writing.

1. Read, read, and read. This is the first thing you want to do before trying to write a book. Read all the good classics, learn how to setup a dialogue, a scene, and a strong plot.

2. Write, write, and write. Write all of the time. Don’t try to aim for publishing a story every time you start one. Writing is the key to learning how to write better. The irony may be amusing, but it’s really straightforward. The more you write, the more experience you will obtain.

3. Revise, revise, and revise. Revise your story. Check it over and over, change things until they sound perfect. If you are unsure about one line, change it and twist until it runs smoothly.

If you follow these three guidelines, you are on your way to becoming a famous author. There is nothing else better you can do. Yes, you can easily google ‘How to write books’. Yes, you can get some great information off blogs like this, but your best tip is to follow the three top tips. More irony.

 

How To Create Your Character: 50 Helpful Links To Recommended Articles

1. Creating a Character
http://menwithpens.ca/how-to-create-a-character/

2. Character Creation
http://www.fiction-writers-mentor.com/character-creation.html

3. Naming Characters & Dialogue
http://www.fictionfactor.com/characters.html

4. Creating Memorable Characters
http://www.writing-world.com/fiction/characters.shtml

5. Capturing Characters
http://www.tameri.com/write/characters.html

6. Creating an Original Character
http://www.elfwood.com/farp/thewriting/mfocharacter/mfocharacter.html

7. How to Create a Character Profile
http://www.writerswrite.com/journal/jun98/lazy2.htm

8. How to write fiction: Andrew Miller on creating characters
http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2011/oct/16/how-to-write-fiction-andrew-miller

9. Characterization 101: How to Create Memorable Characters
http://thewritepractice.com/resources/characterization/

10. How to Create Believable Characters when Writing Fiction
http://blog.enwritened.com/2012/01/04/how-to-create-believable-characters-when-writing-fiction/

11. How To Make Your Characters Pop Without Using Words
http://io9.com/5448733/how-to-make-your-characters-pop-without-using-words

12. How to Create a Fictional Character from Scratch
http://www.wikihow.com/Create-a-Fictional-Character-from-Scratch

13. For the Love of Writing: How To Create a Powerful Sacrifice
http://reesloveofwriting.blogspot.com/2012/01/how-to-create-powerful-character.html

14. Creating Characters In Novels
http://www.novel-writing-help.com/creating-characters.html

15. Creating Dynamic Characters
http://www.tads.org/t3doc/doc/techman/t3actor.htm

16. Character Creation
http://thescriptlab.com/screenwriting/character/creating-characters

17. Fiction Writing: Character Creation
http://menwithpens.ca/fiction-writing-character-creation/

18. Establishing a Fictional Character’s History
http://www.dummies.com/how-to/content/establishing-a-fictional-characters-history.html

19. Fiction Writing Tips: Create Characters Your Readers Will Care About
http://www.creative-writing-now.com/fiction-writing-tips.html

20. Characterization
http://www.writersworkshop.co.uk/character.html

21. Name That Character: Top Ten Tips
http://thescriptlab.com/screenwriting/character/creating-characters/684-name-that-character-top-ten-tips

22. How to Create Characters That Are Believable and Memorable
http://www.how-to-write-a-book-now.com/create-characters.html

23. Seven Ways to Develop Compelling Characters
http://ingridsnotes.wordpress.com/2010/09/13/seven-ways-to-develop-compelling-characters/

24. Creating Great Characters
http://www.danielarenson.com/tipCharacters.aspx

25. Writing Adolescent Fiction/Creating your characters
http://en.wikibooks.org/wiki/Writing_Adolescent_Fiction/Creating_your_characters

26. Top 10 Questions for Creating Believable Characters
http://fictionwriting.about.com/od/crafttechnique/tp/createcharacter.htm

27. Deeper People: Putting Yourself into Your Characters
http://hollylisle.com/deeper-people-putting-yourself-into-your-characters/

28. How to Make a Great Leading Character
http://www.fuelyourwriting.com/how-to-make-a-great-leading-character/

29. Five Ways to Create Memorable, Multi-Layered Characters
http://www.fromthewriteangle.com/2012/02/five-ways-to-create-memorable-multi.html

30. What Will Your Character Do When Disaster Strikes?
http://www.archetypewriting.com/articles/articles_ck/disaster.htm

31. Writing Character Bios
http://writeworld.tumblr.com/post/27877863967/writing-character-bios

32. Writing 101: Creating Interesting Original Characters
http://guannawannablog.blogspot.com/2005/05/writing-101-creating-interesting.html

33. How To Create Believable Characters
http://procrastinatingwritersblog.com/2010/10/how-to-create-believable-characters/

34. Fiction Writing: What Makes Readers Care About Your Characters?
http://menwithpens.ca/fiction-writing-what-makes-readers-care-about-your-characters/

35. 13 ways to create compelling characters
http://justinemusk.com/2010/02/01/13-ways-to-create-compelling-characters/

36. Making a Depressing Character Likeable
http://lydiasharp.blogspot.com/2012/03/making-depressing-character-likeable.html

37. Writing Characters Using Conflict & Backstory
http://www.movieoutline.com/articles/writing-characters-using-conflict-and-backstory.html

38. Fiction Writing: Creating a Character Backstory
http://voices.yahoo.com/fiction-writing-creating-character-backstory-7576944.html

39. Writing in the Disciplines: Character Editing and Creative Writing
http://writing2.richmond.edu/writing/wweb/creativewriting/characters/editing.html

40. Creating Believable Characters
http://www.scribendi.com/advice/creating_believable_characters.en.html

41. 10 Creative Techniques For Writing Character Specific Dialogue
http://www.novelpublicity.com/2011/04/10-creative-techniques-for-writing-character-specific-dialogue/

42. Writing Tip: Creating a Visual Character Map
http://www.thecreativepenn.com/2011/07/18/visual-character-map/

43. How Writers Build Their Characters
http://www.abloggersbooks.com/2010/02/how-writers-build-their-characters.html

44. How To: Create a Fictional Character
http://www.ehow.com/how_2116760_character-creative-writing.html

45. How To Build A Character
http://www.jtellison.com/how-to-build-a-character/

46. Character Development: Creative Writing
http://writingcenter.tamu.edu/2008/types-communication/creative-writing-2/character-development-creative-writing/

47. Creating a Character
http://www.explorewriting.co.uk/charactercreation.html

48. Creating Believable Characters
http://www.anthologiesonline.com/Articles/Creating%20believable%20characters.htm

49. Creating Strong Characters
http://www.boldstrokesbooks.com/Articles/Characters.htm

50. How to Write A Strong Heroine
http://www.intergalacticmedicineshow.com/cgi-bin/mag.cgi?do=columns&vol=mette_ivie_harrison&article=007

This article should hopefully save you hours of research, the above links are a hand selected and polished list of links which go to different blogger sites, where other people explain how to create a character.

Setting Your Story

There are four main titles to follow, all of which you need.

The Story World: Your going to want to setup your world. What is your world like? Is it present? Is it in the past or the future? It’s definitely somewhere. This is for you to decide. Try to make your characters familiar with the world you choose. 

 Plot: The plot defines what goes on in the story. Try to match the plot with the world and the characters. The plot should have an emotional strike somewhere in it, something to give your readers that rare sense of excitement which urges them to read more.

Characters: All of your characters are important. They each have a past, a present, and a future. Your characters are the very glue of the structure. Ideally, it’s a good idea to keep a small list of main characters. You can have as much sub-characters as you like, but the more you have, the harder it is to organize your plot. If you happen to be a great organizer, you should have no trouble using large amounts of sub-characters.

Theme: What is your theme? The theme defines your story. It is what your story is based on; whether it is romance, action, drama, or other. No matter what story you write, bad or good, it has a theme.

These four definitions are the binding of your ability to write a story. Follow these guidelines; make sure they are all incorporated in your story. If you really want a good story, these guidelines are the ones to follow.

Creative Writing

Creative Writing is particularly easy; all it requires is a flowing imagination and a will to write. Think about your story before you write, rambling can lead to a confusing and unwanted plot. Firstly, think of a solid plot. What will happen in your story? Who will the characters be? What will happen along the course of the book? Ask yourself these questions and answer them.

Here’s a quick tutorial for a short story I could write. You’d first figure out how the plot will go.

Plot: John learns he has incredibly accurate ping-pong skills. He is taken hostage by a villain who wants to use him to win games for him, and then give him the money. John uses his ping pong skills to hurt the villain, and has a police officer arrest him. John plays ping-pong and lives happily ever after.

Characters: John, man that lives in apartment in Denver. Works at a boring department store. Not very muscular, average looking.

Ralph: Dangerous villain, heavily built, crafty. Takes John and forces him to work for him, in threatening his family.

The plot, and the main characters. These are obviously underdone, just a small example of a plot and character sketching. You could always add more details if it helps, such as side plots, side characters, anything you want to help organize your story.

 

How Good Can You Be At Writing?

The answer isn’t simple. There is an infinite amount of knowledge you can learn about writing by reading books and reading writing blogs. There’s no writer who ‘knows it all’, there’s always more to learn.

“The most original thing a writer can do is write like himself. It is also his most difficult task.” -Robertson Davies

Famous writers weren’t born good writers. You have to find your passion, and exercise it so that you can spring forward your talent. The more you read, the more you write, whether abstract or focused, you get better at writing. Secondly, you don’t get good at writing overnight. Start young if you can. Once you become a writer, you can never fully quit.

“I’m either going to be a writer or a bum.” -Carl Sandburg

Everything you learn about is based on writing, stick to one class of writing at first, get good at it, and stick with it.