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3 Mistakes You Are Making In Your Novel That Are Boring Your Reader

3 Mistakes You Are Making In Your Novel

By SODIP Published 3 months ago 3 min read

Hey there, fellow storytellers! Writing a book is like embarking on an epic adventure, isn't it? But what's the point of a journey if your readers fall asleep halfway through? We're here to make sure that doesn't happen. So, grab your pens and let's dive into three crucial mistakes writers often make that can turn readers into sleepy bears.

1.Spice it Up with Conflict and Tension
Picture this: you're reading a book where the main character floats through life without a single worry. No challenges, no hurdles, just plain sailing. Boring, right? Readers need a reason to root for your characters. That's where conflict and tension come in.

What's conflict, you ask? Well, it's like when your character faces a problem that needs solving. Maybe they're on the brink of getting kicked out of school or missing out on their dream job. Whatever it is, make sure the stakes are high enough to keep your readers on the edge of their seats.

But wait, tension? That's like the electricity buzzing in the air when things are about to go down. It's that feeling you get when you know something big is about to happen. Sprinkle it throughout your story like confetti at a party, and watch your readers devour each page with excitement.

2.Avoid the Dreaded Info Dump
Imagine meeting someone for the first time, and before you can even say hello, they start reciting their life story. Not cool, right? Well, that's how readers feel when they're bombarded with information all at once.

Sure, your story might have a complex world with its own rules and history. But that doesn't mean you need to spill the beans in one giant info dump. Instead, think of it like peeling an onion (minus the tears). Layer by layer, reveal the juicy details when they're most relevant to the plot or your character's development.

And remember, less is often more. So, resist the urge to turn your story into a textbook. Your readers will thank you for it.

3.Show, Don't Tell (But Not Too Much)
Now, here's a piece of advice you've probably heard a million times: show, don't tell. But what does that even mean? Well, imagine you're watching a movie. You don't need a narrator to tell you that the character is angry or sad. You can see it in their furrowed brow or the tears streaming down their face.

So, instead of flat-out telling your readers how your characters feel, let them experience it through their actions, thoughts, and the world around them. It's like painting a picture with words, and trust me, it makes for a much more immersive reading experience.

But here's the catch: don't go overboard with showing. Sometimes, a little telling here and there is okay. It's all about finding the right balance and keeping your readers engaged from start to finish.

So, there you have it, folks! By steering clear of these three common mistakes—lack of conflict, info dumping, and telling instead of showing—you'll be well on your way to crafting a story that readers won't be able to put down. Happy writing!

4.Inject Your Plot with Conflict and Tension
Close your eyes and think about your favorite movie or book. What makes it so memorable? Chances are, it's the gripping conflicts and heart-pounding tension that keep you on the edge of your seat.

Conflict is the fuel that drives your story forward. It's like the engine in a car—it propels your characters through challenges and obstacles on their journey. Whether it's a battle against evil forces or a personal struggle to overcome adversity, conflict is what keeps readers invested in your story.

But conflict alone isn't enough; you also need tension to keep things interesting. Tension is the suspenseful feeling that keeps readers guessing what will happen next. It's like the quiet before the storm or the anticipation of a big reveal. By sprinkling tension throughout your story, you'll keep your readers hooked and eager to turn the page

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