Have you ever wondered what should spice up your novel? What should be put in there to make your reader interested? Well, hopefully, I have some answers to those questions. Read the tips below, and tell me what you think!
1. Something interesting should happen at the beginning of the novel
Basically, this will hook the reader into the story, making them want to know what happens next. Maybe have something like a death, or a significant event, preferably in the first chapter or introduction. This would make the reader read the next chapter to find out what happens.
2. Something bad should happen to the main character
I know it may sound obvious, but nobody likes a happy story all the way through. Something bad has to happen. It's as simple as that. This can be something little like losing a precious photograph, or something big like been implicated for a crime that you did not commit and end up going to prison!
3. There has to be a death
It's true. In every one of my novels, at least one person dies. More often than not, more than one person dies. This makes the reader think it is more interesting, and it sub-consciously makes them think that if a character dies in a novel, anything can happen next. Without a death, the story would be more boring.
4. There should be some form of suspense
I don't include too much suspense in my novels, but a little suspense is always great. It makes the reader desperate to carry on. Afterwards, the reader will feel like they have been lead into the book, and they will be more likely to read any future novels that you write.
5. There should be a twist at the end
In the vast majority of my novels, something completely unexpected happens in the end. In many of my mystery novels, the murderer turns out to be somebody completely unexpected. A good example of twists is Pure Evil, where I have included a twist in almost every chapter. By having a twist at the end, the reader can have one lasy shock, and they can be happy and fulfilled that they have read a worthwhile novel!
I hope this has helped anyone who is planning to write a novel. If you use any of these plot features, your readers will love your writing!