Plotting 4 Pantsers — Part IX

Today, we’ll wrap up our series on Plotting 4 Pantsers, and for the rest of the year, we’ll reblog some things about plotting from a couple years ago. Make your story memorable by appealing to your readers’ emotions. #Plotting4Pantsers #StoryMemorability @donnalhsmith @a3writers TWEETABLE

There are four ways to make your stories memorable to your readers. Incorporate one or all of them to write truly unforgettable tales. Let’s take a look at them.


Create and sustain anticipation. Build suspense in your story by ratcheting tension in every scene. Make the reader have a hard time waiting to see what will happen next. They’ll have to turn the page, read to the next scene break, the next chapter, the next section. They’ve formed an opinion and they want to know if they’re right. Don’t you do that, as a reader? I do.


Make them curious about what’s just beyond where they’re reading. Will they wonder what does happen next? They think, “I’ll just read one more chapter, one more scene.” It’s that good to them, and they need to know what’s going to happen next. The last chapter ending was a cliffhanger. What happens next?


Create a fear of what will happen next, so they’ll have to turn the page to find out. They’re expecting the worst, will it be worse than they think? Or will the character catch a break? They’ve got to find out what you, as the author did to that character. They have to know what happens next.


And finally, the reader is having so much fun reading your story that they just love it. And because they love what they’re reading, they need to find out what happens next. They think it’s a fantastic story. They’re thinking, “I’ve loved the story so far, so I know I’ll loe whatever the author has come up with for what happens next.”

Do you see the pattern in these four ways? It’s all about what happens next? How you answer those three words will create memorability in your story. The reader must turn the page to find out the answer. #Plotting4Pantsers #StoryMemorability @donnalhsmith @a3writers TWEETABLE

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