If your success with your story is not going too well with readers, have no fear! For all you need to know, are simple concepts to keep your reader interested. Oh, just a quick tip, you need to add feeling to your own writing. Now, let’s start!!
Okay, there one I thing I find common when making a story. Having no initial “hook”. I’ll call this: Hook-less. Okay, obviously identifying the problem won’t solve it. So I’ll give examples on how to solve this problem. Let’s start.
First, the definition of “hook”. Hook – is the line that grabs the reader’s attention. If this is done right, the reader will, hopefully, finish the story. I think the hook is also the good idea to reveal the plot.
For example, I’ll give you two hooks of a love story. The plot is a boy confessing his love.
Ex. 1. – There’s this girl I like. I’ve liked, maybe even love. I liked her for years. (Hook) And that’s why I’m going to tell her. Tell her “I love you” (Hook).
Ex. 2. – There’s this girl I like. I’ve liked her for years. I never told her though. I never told her how I felt. It’s not like I don’t want to, but every time I walk to her my heart races. Not this time though. This time I have the whole school year to confess my love. (Hook) This time I’m going to tell her: “I love you” (Hook).
Decide which one you like better. I hope you chose Ex. 2. Because Ex. 2 gives a human-like nature. But Ex. 1 seems like a robot is talking to you, only explaining the facts and detail without feeling. See while Ex. 1 has detail it lacks the feeling of a human. While Ex. 2 it does lack detail but can be on it’s own. Because humans tend to be more attached to thoughts and emotions.
By adding feeling adds sympathy, emotion and attachment. Adding feeling is more of the meaning; being human. For example: describing how a character feels, or describing a situation with a character’s thoughts on it, etc.
By adding detail adds the imagination of how everything looks. Adding it gives more of a technical aspect. For example: describing how a building looks, or how a character does something in particular, etc.
And that’s just the thing to add to a Hook-less story. Add the Hook line with feeling, even if it doesn’t have detail at all. From there, keep the feeling and detail in check until the end.
In closing, if you want someone to read and enjoy your story and finish it. You need to have feeling and detail. Use feeling for developing character and use the detail to describe the settings. Hey, you can even have a hybrid of both, like describing a building with a character’s thought of how it looks.
Ultimately, you want to have balance between both. Too much of one will lead to madness. Or it may bore the reader too much. Balance is the key.
As I said, you need feeling in your writing. If you don’t, then it’s like having a relationship with no romance. Do you understand me? You probably have enough details in your story, now it’s time to add the feeling.
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