Monday, November 21, 2011

Worry the Reader



What makes you turn the page?

Or stay up late to read the next chapter?

Why do you follow one character with interest?

Why do you buy the next book in a series?

Worry!

My characters have goals. For some achieving it will improve their lives, for some the goal is to ruin someones's life.

But my goal as an author is always 
to worry my readers.
Tools:
•inner demons--the fight within
•background--can't outgrow your upbringing
•conflict--there's always something going wrong
•antagonist--equal to or greater than your Main Character
•pacing--stretch out that misery

How have authors you've read worried their readers?

3 comments:

Betsy Love said...

The biggest "worry" book for me was HUNGER GAMES. How can you not worry the whole way through the book if Katniss is going to survive? And every single chapter ending left me with something new to worry about.

Deanna said...

I think that there are different types of worry. will the character survive? Will they get/stay together? Will my friends still like me if... All these keep me reading and buying the next book too.

Donna K. Weaver said...

That is so true!