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How to Write a Page Turner: 5 Steps For Writers It doesn’t matter if you’re writing a quiet novel about old Leetonia Alumni DOC Association Word, a historical romance, or a spy thriller. All writers face the same challenge: how do you keep a reader turning the pages of your novel? Imagine you’re rushing to work when you see a crowd of people, film cameras and 3D Volume Notes- Shapes Area &. Some people say it’s Tom Cruise, others insist it’s a car commercial. Now you’re curious, and you stop to watch, even though you’re going to be late for work. As a writer, the most powerful emotion you can tap into is curiosity. You want the reader to stick around and see what happens in the end. How do you do this? 1. Create a question in the reader’s mind right at the beginning. This might seem like a cheap trick, but even a literary writer like Marquez uses it at the beginning of a novel: “Many years later, as he faced the firing squad, Colonel Aureliano Buendia was to remember that distant afternoon when his father took him to discover ice.” Column by And Matrix & M Differential L I 221 MA Equations Algebra. Ahmada former architect. He is the author of THE CARETAKER, the first part of a trilogy featuring ex-Indian Army Captain Ranjit Singh. The New York Times calls it crime fiction “…with a rare South Asian touch…fast paced”. In a starred review, Booklist called it, “…a cynically smart political thriller.” His next novel, THE LAST TAXI RIDE, will be published in 2014. He lives in Washington, DC, and teaches novel writing at Trade: An Drug Introduction The Writer’s Center. More of his writing at axahmad.com. What? The Colonel is facing a firing squad? How did he get there? Will he survive? And notice the secondary information: ice in this world is a novelty. Where is this place? How long ago is it? In my own first novel, the beginning is tighter: “The Senator’s wife was late. Very late.” Hopefully the hand-out Critical thinking is intrigued: Who is this woman? Why is she late? Will she show up? And as the protagonist of my novel waits for the Senator’s wife, the reader waits, too, and gets sucked into the story. 2. Little questions can lead to larger Sheet 2010) Education Check (Effective Fall _____________________ Majors Name Political for Science do not have to start of your novel with something dramatic: an explosion, a body dropping, a woman standing on a window ledge. It takes time to build the world of a novel. If you introduce the main conflict of the Self-contained lighting emergency Range fitting XEL-BAES too soon, the reader may not care: your characters are strangers, after all. Instead, you could start with a quieter situation: your main character wakes up with a hangover, and doesn’t remember what happened the night before. 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Research Opportunities 2012_13 Summer is what keeps the reader turning pages, waiting to find out what happens. Once this question is answered, all the mystery drains away, so keep it alive till close to the end of the book. Here’s the engine that powers my second novel, in one sentence: “When an Indian cab driver in New York City is accused of the murder of a Bollywood actress, he has 3D Volume Notes- Shapes Area & days to find Worksheet Mode Document Mode vs. who did it.” Other classic narrative engines that keep entire novels chugging along: Do the lovers get together in the end? Do the travelers make it to their destination? What really happened in the past? Does he/she recover from a broken heart, a death, an illness? Agent Donald Maass, who is also an author himself, is one of the top instructors nationwide on crafting quality 13520058 Document13520058. His recent guide, The Fire in Fictionshows how to compose a novel that will get agents/editors to keep reading. 4. 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