3 Ways to Entice the Reader

This is a guest post by Rumki Chowdhury. She is a writer who attained a BA in English Writing from William Paterson University of New Jersey, and an MA in English Literature from the Queen Mary University of London. She is author of the novel So Complicated, among other books. She lives in Stockholm with her husband and children. You can visit her website, www.rumki.com, read her blog and follow her on Instagram.

Based on her own experience, Rumki shares three significant fiction writing tips to attract readers:

1. One crucial, yet enticing word at a time. The first one being the most important for both you and the reader. Therefore, choose wisely, for example:
Excruciating. That was the only way to express the pain of loneliness at that very moment.
This makes the reader wonder who is this character and why he/she is feeling lonely. Is he/she really, truly alone? What has caused this kind of emotional torment? What moment is he/she referring to? Etc.

2. Character description, with the first detail being the most important. Like going to a job interview or the first date, the first impression is the most important one, so decide carefully what kind of impression would this character want to give. See an example below:
He had the bluest eyes I had ever seen, as blue as when the sky meets the sea on a perfect summers' day. His eyes are as perfect as the sea is deep and telling me nothing while telling me everything. It was the first time Jonathan and I met that summer...
3. Choose your words carefully when speaking. Dialogue can potentially entice the reader. For example:
"He told me I was ugly." Kathrine O'Neil was the epitome of gossip and when it came to sharing the details of her own life through her jungle-red lips, she was no less blunt about them.
"What?! Are you serious?!", her best friend of ten years, Tina Morello, asked. She twiddled with her fiery red hair as she gawked at Kathrine, awaiting the gory details of a most horrifying first date.
"He looked up at the lights hitting my most delicate features," Kathrine said. "Then looked down at my face, narrowed his eyes like he was focusing on a research paper and flat out said 'YOU-ARE-UGLY.'"
"What did you say? What did you do?"
What all three of these examples have in common is that they are suspenseful and make the reader want to go on a quest for answers. "Enticing!" There's another word to begin with.

P.S. These are original examples written by me. You will not find them in any published books. I come up with them on-the-spot. You can too!


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