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3 Secrets to a Great Story

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If You Are Trying To Write A Killer Story That Really Grabs Your Reader’s Attention, There Are Some Things You Should Keep In Mind. Here are 3 secrets to writing a truly stand-out story:

Cause and Effect

Every event MUST be caused by the action that precedes it. Let’s look at an example: if you were writing a thriller novel, you may write something like, “She heard footsteps coming up the stairs. She quickly hid in her closet, slowly closing the door and praying it would not creak.”

Cause: She heard footsteps coming up the stairs.

Effect: She hid in the closet.

If It Isn’t Believable, It Doesn’t Belong

Believability is key to any story. Things start to fall apart when an action, even if impossible, becomes unbelievable. For example, you create a fantasy world where there is no modern technology. The moment one of your characters drives somewhere, the illusion starts to break. Assuming there is no modern technology, there wouldn’t be any cars and you typically don’t drive horses, you ride them. Although you may not think of it right away, you must consider how the terms you use will be interpreted by your reader.

Escalation

The best way to keep a reader interested is to keep moving forward. This is why, more often than not, dream sequences do not work. They get the reader on the edge of their seat, only to reveal that the event wasn’t real, and then it becomes anticlimactic. A story is primitively about what the character wants. If that character gets what they want right away, the story is over. Generally speaking, the worse things get for your protagonist, the better they get for your reader.

So, if you are planning to write a novel, especially a fiction novel, make sure you implement these secrets. Not only will they help you to write a better story, but they will also give your readers a book that they won’t be able to put down.

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