Everybody has a story to tell. Writing a perfectly crafted story or a novel plays a crucial role in making your book the next bestseller and is an award-winning novel.
Readers get to know about the story gradually. It’s like unwrapping a gift. To reveal the contents inside, readers do not know what is going to happen next as they turn the pages. They wonder what’s inside, and keep on wrapping till they find the surprise.
The point is to collect the intriguing pieces of information, build a structure, ponder over the tone of the story, how it will be unraveled, build the perfect characters, and spice it up with the wonderfully architected plot.
Carefully plan each step. It’s like taking your reader on a trekking trip up in the mountains. The reader climbs from foothold to foothold to reach towards the end of the story. If the foothold is missing, the reader gets stuck. With this, the progress ends. This is something an author would not like to have at all.
In this article, we will share some tips of giving that perfect structure to your story that your readers will embrace.
There are two aspects of using the concept of uniformity while writing your novel. One, is the use of words. The words you decide to be included on a particular page create a mood or a vibe for the story you intend to tell.
This can be done by choosing how to place the words strategically. Sometimes, authors use verses to highlight a piece of information. Using verses can be very dramatic. But be careful, using it too many times can make your reader feel cheated. It’s like turning a full-fledged manuscript into a few artsy words.
Use free verse if it is relevant to the story, because it actually contributes to it, not to appear cool. Always keep the big picture in mind.
Another way to nurture the concept of uniformity is to keep the tone of voice same throughout. If you choose to narrate your story in first person, keep it that way throughout. If you choose the story to be told using the third person, maintain the same format throughout.
Starting a story can make t or break it. It’s always said, ‘never judge a book by its cover’ but psychologically speaking, it happens.
Similarly, when it comes to giving your story a structure, the order of the events is important. The most important part is starting. I enjoy reading mystery, thriller, crime novels. In all of my favorites, I have noticed one thing, they grab your attention and hook you up.
Intriguing the readers and giving them a sense of curiosity, makes them turn that page and read on. they wonder the whats, whens, hows, and whys of the events taking place.
The information that is provided may seem complete at the first glance but as soon as you go on reading the story, things unfold themselves and you realize that there were missing pieces.
A sense of curiosity is created and all of this is projected to the reader with the assistance of structure.
Most of the time we see sections added in the novels. They are added to give a signal to the reader about location, time or sometimes the point of view of the characters.
Always plan to place the sections at strategic places in the story. The reader should be able to connect the same with the flow and not something that is placed out of the blue.
One of the most common problems while including sections is that a quick reader might not be able to catch up with them. But that depends. Once they read it and move forward, they will definitely see the contribution the section has made to the storyline.
Building the perfect structure impacts the experience of reading the story. You want your story to take people places. Give them a ride to remember. A straightforward approach to telling your story might also work and it’s up to the author to decide what the readers of their books to experience.