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Three tips on how to make the story exciting.
#1. Lots of action like a chase scene. And to make a chase scene exciting don’t only have it in one person’s point of view. Have it switch back and forth between the chaser and the one being chased. You will need to avoid head hopping. To do that have a scene break. Which if you read your favorite books will either be an extra line in between paragraphs or have a line or asterisks in between the point of view.
Mickey runs through the field, looking behind him, Max isn’t there. He turns back and continues running until he gets to the tree line. Hiding behind a tree he catches his breath and looks around for another tree to hide behind.
Next you can either put an extra line of white space between the paragraphs for Max’s point of view, or you can put in a few dots or asterisks like this:
* * *
Now Max’s point of view:
Max reaches the edge of the field and stops, his eyes scan the area, where did Mickey go? He couldn’t have been that far ahead. He’s probably hiding behind the trees, typical of him, he never did have the courage to stand and fight.
That’s how to do that tip.
#2. You have to make the reader care about the character and want them to succeed and/or escape the dangerous situation.
Ask yourself if I was the reader would I care if this character achieved the goal. The goal should be something big and life changing or something that would save a city. In other words, will Josephine pass the math test or fail is not an exciting goal, unless failure of the test results in her execution. But then who would believe someone would get executed for failing a test?
An exciting goal could be if the lawyer wins the case and gets the client acquitted, will it be his redemption from all the bad things he’s done? Winning the case will show that justice doesn’t only come to those who have the money to pay for it.
#3. Make things hard on your characters.
A guy asks a girl out and she says yes on the first time he asks. Not very exciting. Jason drives home from work, it was only thirty five minutes as opposed to the usual fifty minute commute.
Have it so the guy who asks the girl out has to go through different trials and dangerous tasks to win the heart of the girl of his dreams.
Jason’s commute from home involves him having to take a detour from his usual route and he finds himself surrounded by hoodlums of some sort who want to steal his Porsche from him. How do you get him out of this situation?
Anyway, I hope this helps. Now go out and make it a great day.