I am currently reading one of my favourite thriller writer’s novel. Many people told me that it was boring. But as he is my favourite writer I wanted to read the book. To be honest, I am not finding it boring but I am finding it predictable in places. I have realized that when a writer has written so many books, all in the same genre, it’s easy to fall into the predictable zone.
Though I am not yet half way in the book, I am finding that in many places, the writer has used the crutches of serendipity and co-incidences to make his main character get out of tight spots. Many times while reading I have kind of guessed what the writer or rather the main character will do next.
I have noticed this aspect in another thriller writer. More often than not, I have been able to guess the identity of the murderer half way through the book.
When it comes to avoiding predictability, one writer I have to mention, though her books fell in the fantasy genre and not the thriller category, is J.K. Rowling. In each of the seven Potter books she had loads of new stuff to offer, new characters were introduced who brought their unique sub-plots into the story, there were new spells, new story lines criss-crossing Harry’s own storyline. Every book felt new and interesting and readers read them again and again.
Granted, that one can’t read a thriller again as once the suspense is out, the book has shed its intrigue element. But still, the writers can do a lot to avoid following the well-trodden path and plunging into potholes.
That’s one thing I am trying to avoid in my writing. I hope my readers are taken by surprise at every turn and definitely shouldn't be able to guess what I or my main character will do next.
How do you all avoid predictability in your writing? What do you all do to keep the reader interest high? Have you read any book/s where you could guess what would happen next?
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