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Making your story interesting
The Edinburgh City of Literature's crimewriting challenges are a great opportunity to think about how to make a well-done story that appeals to the readers. Writer of the thrilling offshore play Pyrate's Boy, Beatrice Colin gives tips on how to write an action that grabs the readers and never lets them go!
Once I got a book from a pupil about a young woman who went into a treacherous wood to look for a ring of spells. Your daddy also came by and our young heroess used to spend most of the book under a big oak and watched her dad fighting them.
Why, I asked the author, did you use the old man? The author answered that it would have been too risky for her to go alone. Unnecessary to say that the book was about as thrilling as when your old man trimmed the hedges. Players in tales can do all the things we would never do.
However, if you choose to make a story, how do you make it interesting? What do you plan the story so that your reader can't put it down? At the beginning, make your hero's/herero' lives as hard as possible. It is no coincidence that so many figures in children's literature are orphaned or have evil pansies.
It'?s got to be hard, but not impossibility-- We' re learning about the things they do. As we lie in the warmth of our beds, our personalities go out and do all the things we are too scared/sensitive/comfortable to ever consider. It is your role as a novelist to let the most terrible thing you can imagine pass with your character and then figure out how to get them out of it.
It' okay not to know how your story works until you begin to write. In order to really make the action work, rent a Hollywood stunt and take turns with the good and the evil. After all, your character drops out of a glider (bad), but he has a chute (good).
In the most thrilling parts of your book, type in brief, crisp phrases to speed up the game. Towards the end, you take your character to a place where it seems like it' s not possible to get what they want. However, if you ended your story here, your readers would never pardon you and so our hero/hero has to decide to remain and battle the beast / save the hound / capture the evil side / food her way out of the candy-mill.