new reader writing tips

Keep 'em reading!

So you want to increase your reader’s engagement. Most of the time, that results from the story's tension and from the reader’s anticipation of change. There are ways to keep them flipping from page to page and their eyes on every word you write. Mystery, Suspense, and Dramatic Irony can be used by a writer to keep the tension and reader’s anticipation.

Mystery is when the audience knows less than the character. The narrator or the protagonist may narrate things that the readers do not know. But the lines from the book are just the tip of the iceberg; they should not fully reveal all the information. This will then make the reader question the things that are obviously happening, hence hooking them to the story.

Suspense is when the audience knows as much as the characters. Neither the characters nor the reader knows what’s going to happen next. We then experience the story together with the characters. This makes the reader anticipate and enjoy the suspense at the same time. 

Dramatic Irony is when we know more than the character and we watch in horror as the events turn with the characters not knowing anything. It’s a classic approach, as in Romeo and Juliet, yet readers still love to read stories with this method to create tension because of the anticipation of what might happen next. The possibilities keep their eyes glued to the next line.

So there you have it, I hope you took notes! Start incorporating these methods to create tension into your book, or work around these themes to start one. Don’t forget to follow us on our Instagram @newreadermedia for more writing tips and authors trivia you never knew! Have a great weekend!

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