Even MORE Writing Tips!

Here are a  couple more things I have learned over the years. Perhaps you already do these things. If so, maybe a new or young writer will find them of value.
Tip: After you have finished your first draft and are into rewriting – if it is mystery adventure novel you are working on – go back to the beginning and insert some subtle clues to the climax or denouement of your novel. The reader will then say, “Darn, it was there all along. Why didn’t I see that coming?” For example, the reader doesn’t know that you might have written the FIRST chapter last, after you have finished the rest.
Tip: Try to end most chapters with a “cliff hanger.” This is to keep the reading turning the pages. It doesn’t have to be a tragedy – for example, two guys are flying in a plane. The engine begins missing. The pilot says to his passenger at the end of chapter seven, “Hold on! We’re going down!” Chapter eight begins with the pilot making a safe emergency landing. But, they are on a desert island. Call it a tease or whatever, but give the reader the impulse to stay with the story to see what happens. Don’t do this every time or the reader will catch on to your “trick” and feel cheated. Do it enough times to be effective.
If these suggestions are interesting to you, let me know. I have a dozen of them.
And – keep writing!

About johnbeckmanbooks

John Beckman, a retired meteorologist, was known as “Johnny the Weatherman” in a career that spanned forty years. He forecasted the weather on WSJS-TV in Winston-Salem, NC, at WFGA-TV in Jacksonville, FL, and for thirty-three years in Atlanta at WSB-TV and WXIA-TV. Also a well published author Beckman now devotes full time to writing fiction. He currently has several eBooks on Amazon.com, "Tropical Knights," first in a series of adventure/mysteries about a sailor and his lovely CIA cohort on a mission to save America. Now available the sequel, and second in the series: "Tropical Daze." The third Jack & Amy adventure is "Tropical Rage" which became available on 30 April 2014. All of his books are highlighted on http://johnbeckmanbooks.com and available from Amazon.com. . .
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