aprilhenry (aprilhenry) wrote,

Another technique I’m borrowing: “read-on prompts”

From Plot & Structure, here’s another technique I’ve used for a long time, but am now trying to be even better at: what he calls “read-on prompts. These are things that keep the readers turning the page even after they have finished the chapter. He lists several possibilities:
A mysterious line of dialog.
A secret suddenly revealed.
A major decision or vow.
Annoucement of a shattering event.
Reversal or surprise - new information that tuns the story around.
A question left hanging in the air.

He also says, “If a scene seems to sputter to a close and you’re not sure what to do, here’s a great tip: try cutting the last paragraph or two. You don’t have to write ever scene to its logical conclusion ... cutting creates interest, a feeling of something left hanging - and that makes readers want to find out why."

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