There are times when my Critique Group writes “Milk It!” when commenting on some of my scenes. What they are saying is that they want MORE than I have written.
MORE INTERNAL THOUGHTS
Why? Because that’s what makes a story exciting and satisfying. If you want your book to be a real page turner, then a writer has to deliver ON EVERY PAGE.
PLUMP IT UP. Use rich vocabulary. Lots of adjectives and verbs. Paint a visual picture.
Furnish the details. Let them get inside the characters’ heads by revealing their emotions via DIALOGUE, ACTIONS, AND THOUGHTS.
PUMP UP the plot. Make the content EXCITING. Make your reading audience want to keep turning the pages.
I know I have read books that were so exciting that they literally kept me up ALL NIGHT. I just couldn’t put them down.
That’s what writers want, isn’t it? To have our readers so completely drawn in by our characters and their journeys that they just can’t turn out the light and go to bed.
When I am done writing a chapter, I set it aside until the following day. Then, I read it again, with the eyes of a READER. I look to see if the first paragraph “hooks” me, if I want to keep reading to the end, and then if the closing sentence leaves me wanting more.
If so, I start writing the next chapter. If not, I look for where there is lagging action, conflict, emotions, thoughts, and/or descriptions. Then, I re-write, adding those elements.
I repeat the process until I am WOWED.
Then, it’s ready for the critique group. If they are WOWED, then I’m a happy camper. If they are WOWED, I know readers will be, too.
So if you have a nice little story which is lacking in PIZAZZ, why not make it a page turner?
Spice it up.
Change it up.
Shake it up.