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Tuesday, June 14, 2022

Drama Sells When It Comes to Writing Fiction Novels

    Think about one of the most exciting books that you’ve ever read―you didn’t want to put the book down from the opening paragraph as each chapter painted a cinematic picture full of drama and suspense. There were characters you loved and rooted for as well as characters you hated and wanted to see them get what was coming to them. New authors can hit the ground running and create a potential bestseller by applying three basic rules to writing their first novel.

 Create Conflict.

    The most important aspect of writing a novel is to keep readers on edge, and the best way to accomplish this goal is to stir up conflict with the main character as well as the supporting cast. For example, let’s say that the main character named Johnny is a successful night club owner and is happily married, but he’s also a womanizer and likes to have a little fun on the side. An author can construct a narrative centered around Johnny getting caught by his wife cheating, and everything will ultimately come to a head when the other woman sends the wife nude photos of him making love to her. Every chapter leading up to the climax must contain excitement and tension that keeps readers entertained from start to finish.

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Try to Generate Controversy in as Many Scenes as Possible.

    There’s an art to holding a reader’s interest long enough to finish a novel―generate as much controversy as possible without wasting any scenes in the book. Each chapter should have a purpose in moving the story along or telling a backstory and shouldn’t just be a throw-in scene to give readers a breather because an author runs the risk of losing the audience altogether. Another example is the wife’s best friend confronting our protagonist Johnny in a restaurant having dinner with his mistress and threatening to expose him by telling his wife what she knows. This, in turn, adds another layer to an already thickening plot.

The Main Character Must Have Something to Lose.

    The main character should undoubtedly have something to lose in the story―as in the case of Johnny―who has everything to lose once his wife finds out about his philandering ways. When the inevitable happens and Johnny’s lies are exposed, his wife will kick him out the house. Once he reaches this crossroads in his life, he will then either find a way to reconcile with his wife or lose everything that he cherishes in a divorce―it’s at the author’s discretion as to what direction to go in.

    In conclusion, an author can have all the markings of a good book if these three steps are applied. Conflict and controversy are the key ingredients in moving a storyline to an explosive climax, and if an author can consistently apply this formula to writing fiction, the sky is the limit to his or her potential for success.

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