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10 eye-opening tips to add impact to your storytelling

Fascinating and down-to-earth help from Roz in today’s re-blog — straight out of her dynamite book, “Nail Your Novel” :-)

Nail Your Novel

2013-04-29-eye2When I work with a writer on their first serious novel manuscript, there are certain aspects they usually get right on instinct alone. There’s the content – a believable story world, characters with solid backgrounds and stuff to do. They usually write fluently too. But there are other, more hidden levels of craft that they usually haven’t noticed in good books, but will make an immense difference to the quality of their work. So here are a few.

1 Keeping the reader’s curiosity

When we’re kids we’re taught we must finish any book we start. Like eating every morsel on the plate, even the detested Brussels sprouts. But a reader will not persevere with a book out of politeness. So writers have to be relentless showmen (within the expectations of their particular genre, of course). Curiosity is the name of the game. Compelling writers will prime the reader to be…

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2 responses to “10 eye-opening tips to add impact to your storytelling

  1. Roz Morris @Roz_Morris May 4, 2017 at 2:31 pm

    Thanks, Alexander!


    • Alexander M Zoltai May 4, 2017 at 2:50 pm

      You are very welcome, Roz :-)


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