Tuesday, August 2, 2011
Several Ways to Hook Readers
To do that, we writers have to ensure that our readers are entertained by our stories, absorbed by the way the story unfolds, and transported into the world we have created with our words.
To hook readers we have to come up with plot ideas that have the following effect on our readers.
Educated. Our stories should educate our readers in some way. After they put our books down, they should be armed with more information and knowledge.
Intrigued. Something about the plot and character should arouse the reader’s interest. What will happen next should be the thought buzzing in their mind.
Saddened. Stories that play havoc with our sad emotions, tug at our emotional heartstrings are seldom dropped halfway down.
Angered. Stories that raise our shackles, stories that make us angry enough to join the cause the writer is espousing, win over stories that are tepid and evoke no reactions from us.
Frightened. Most readers love to be spooked out of their placidity. No wonder thrillers and murder mysteries enjoy a great readership.
Reassured. Happy endings have that effect: of reassuring readers. Stories that reassure us that in the end everything will work out, work the best. They bring a comfort level in our stressed lives. Everyone likes reassurance.
Changed. Stories that change us in some way, work wonders. At some level the journey of reading a book should change us; in some way, maybe we start looking at things differently after reading a book. Maybe our beliefs undergo a shift.Maybe it works on our faith.
Do you feel that stories that evoke all these reactions work better? What is your personal belief where stories and plots are concerned?We would love to know what works for you?.