Lately, I have been feeling more writer-y, then artist-y (although I have been drawing still, but for stories....Glazed not included...;P) so I have another writing post for you!:) It's about how to make your story, or book, more interesting.
These are just some ideas I have, and I am just throwing them out there for others to think about.:)
I think that this one is a very good way to make your story more interesting. Let's say your character is battling a dragon. That is very interesting in itself, but if you also add the fact that if they don't defeat the dragon, then their parents will die (because the dragon is keeping them hostage.;)). Automatically, the stakes are higher and another problem arises. Let me give you another example for general plot conflict.
You have your despicable villain trying to ruin the world, but if you add onto that that your main character has to deal with his/her best friend who has recently dumped him/her and they have to go on their quest with them, then that makes another immediate conflict.
I just think that this is a very good way to add interest into your story.:)
This one is kind of harder to do. Something I don't think I have mastered yet, but am trying to.;) Making your characters three-dimensional. Making them pop from the pages, or from the screen. When you do that, your story becomes more interesting and real, but it is a really hard thing to do. I think that when you add a past to your character and truly know them, the way they talk and walk, what annoys them, what they do to show their anger, their quirks, flaws, and all of those things, you start to understand them and make them come alive though. It's hard, and I know this probably didn't help much, but I knew it had to be added to the list, because it is very important in making your story interesting.:)
Hehe! Add a plot twist! I think everyone loves a good plot twist. Where something was expected to be one way, when it turns out to be completely the other way.:) By adding a plot twist, even if you already knew what it was from the moment you started typing your story, your readers go all like- WHAT??? It kind of wakes them up.;)
Let your characters fail, or do something wrong. When your characters do something wrong, the consequences all differ, to the whole plan failing or just to someone being disappointed or upset. When your characters fail, the story becomes more realistic and more interesting, especially if the stakes are high.:)
Give your characters secrets. I know I have a hard time coming up with secrets to give my characters, but when you make up secrets, your story becomes more interesting and the readers are drawn into the story, waiting for the big reveal.:) Something that goes hand-in-hand with this is also making your characters lie. In one of the stories I am working on right now, my character lies about something extremely important for the advantage of a whole race of people. But the lie is hugely important to whom she lied to, so I can't wait to write the moment when everything explodes. Especially once my character grows to completely trust the character who lied to her...
*delighted evil face*
I hope these tips helped you, and if you have any tips of your own that you think make a story more interesting, then I'd love it if you would share them on your blog (if you do, share the link, please!:D), or in the comments below!:)
Now, to get to writing (since this whole post was created in the time I was telling myself to write with...O.O)!
PS- I bet all of you think I never write, since I always say how bad I am with my procrastinating.XD