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Subscribe to our FREE email newsletter and download free character development worksheets! So what makes readers skip going to bed when they should and instead decide, Just one more chapter?
My agent, Barbara Poelle, and I decided to sit down and distill with something distilled what keeps those pages flipping as the clock is ticking past 2 am. This guest post is by Eileen Cook. Cook is a multi-published author with her novels appearing in eight different languages.
Her books have been optioned for film and TV. She spent most of her teen years wishing she were someone else or somewhere else, which is great training for a writer.
You can read more about Eileen, her books, and the things that strike her as funny at eileencook. Eileen lives in Vancouver with her husband and two very naughty dogs and no longer wishes to be anyone or anywhere else.
She is repped by literary agent Babara Poelle. You can follow Barbara on Twitter Bpoelle. I like chapter endings that act like a mouth full of Pop Rocks—just little crackles of obstacles and reveals.
This does not mean every chapter ends with a cliff hanger!
That was directed at you. Can you add some more G to this? But yes, to keep readers turning pages you should raise a question, or questions, at the start of a novel that readers will want to see answered.
Will they escape prison? Will they find true love? Or, maybe we can provide actual tips for folks in creating their own page-turner.
And then cheese fries? And then cheese fries. Although in Canada we call them Poutine. Think about the micro tensions as well as the big picture obstacles.
Unless you are writing a very short story, your character will want something, something will get in their way, and then they must try again or give up.
How will they problem solve their way out of this? How can you throw more obstacles in their way?
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