Showing posts with label shocking plots. Show all posts
Showing posts with label shocking plots. Show all posts

Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Why readers love to be shocked? πŸ™€

I'm sure there's a part of our brains that light up like a Christmas tree when we read something shocking in a book. Let's talk about why. 

It's interesting how we're iffy on shocks and surprises in our everyday lives but we do love it in our entertainment. There's something about the unexpected that is alluring; I've often said that I'm sure there's a part of our brain lights up when something exciting or stunning happens to our favorite character (in books or television) that we never saw coming. It's called being entertained.

As I'm writing a book, I tend to be very conscious of when the story is starting to take a low point. It doesn't mean it's not crucial, however, I don't like to have things go an even course for too long. My rule is if I'm feeling a little bored, so is my reader and therefore, it's time to shake things up.

Shocks can come in many forms. It could as simple as a character's comment or reaction to a situation or something more alarming, like violence, an impromptu sex scene, an argument, unexpected news, sudden death, illness or when unexpected characters show up. Of course, there are many other options but the main idea is to add something that readers didn't see coming; and ideally, neither do you, as the writer.

Shocking twists keep the story alive. Remember, readers, want to be entertained, so entertain them.


Tuesday, September 11, 2018

How shocking!??!! 😱

We all love a good shock - well, in our books and movies, not so much in real life. There's nothing like a great twist in a story to keep the reader staying up late at night. The goal is to keep you interested, keep you turning the pages and excited about the story ahead.

Having said that, it's not for shock value. That's a whole other thing. I've been accused of writing something purely for shock value as if it were merely a way to capture attention. In fact, my goal is to simply follow the story and see where it takes me. As it turns out, my imagination takes me to some pretty wild places. I guess that means it works out well for both the writer and the reader! 😜

If you ever check out my Twitter account, you'll see a line in my bio that says it all Buckle up! You're in for one hell of a ride. I'm proud of that fact. I think that's what makes a story great. Books, just like life, shouldn't be boring. It should make your heart race just a little bit faster...