Writing a novel nowadays is just like baking a set of brownies. They sell fast but consumers rarely go for a second heap. Why? Probably because they are not any good. Or because they just went with the hype. So how can you make an impression with the type of novel you write in such a way that people would be looking forward to another one? Here are some tips that might help in writing your novel.
A solid opening
Opening your storyline does not have to be the most powerful one, but it has to create that level of doubt, confusion, and curiosity in the mind of the reader. Such opening is essential so that from the start, you already have the attention of the reader.
Since the reader is already hooked to a question due to your strong opening, you have to be consistent in keeping the reader interested. That level of thrill must continue until the end. One way to do this is to let the reader find the answers to the doubt, confusion and curiosity you have already created from the start like giving clues, narrating a past experience of a certain character, among others.
Excellent command of language
The words you use in writing your narrative must be close to perfect in order for you to really make the reader understand what you want to express. A difference between using the words “scary” and “terrifying” can make a significant difference in a reader’s perspective. It doesn’t have to be entirely perfect, but it has to convey what you really want to say and what you want the reader to relate to.
Pacing with the theme
The direction of your storyline must always keep up with the central theme of your novel. If your central theme is for example about racism, you have to always direct as to why this certain chapter or paragraph is in there. The reader would ask, “What’s the connection with a kid preferring no mayonnaise in his cheeseburger, but pours a load of ketchup on it?” You have to keep the reader pondering as to the significance of that certain line in your novel.
In order that the reader will keep probing for answers to feed their interests, your novel must have a balance of showing what they want to read, but not telling all of it. By analogy, it’s kind of life feeding fish with breadcrumbs, eventually luring them into your net. Keeping them interested in teeny bits of what they think is already the key to solving what they think is the problem.
A satisfying conclusion
You have to do you readers, and your novel, the justice they deserve. This is where you must harmonize all the doubts, confusion and curiosity that’s been plaguing through their minds from the get-go. It doesn’t necessarily have to be a fairy-tale ending, but it has to have some semblance of, “Ahh so that’s why…” to it. But this is the conventional way. You can always still keep the readers confused even after the ending. Probably as a prelude to a sequel under way.