“Nothing Is Happening in this Story”

Wise words

Christina Sun

Has this thought ever crossed your mind? You’re not alone! Sometimes when a story has reached its halfway point (maybe even before), a lot of readers will get bored by the apparent “lack of action” going on in the plot. Contrary to popular belief, the problem isn’t in the lack of action, but rather, the lack of promises. As you might have already guessed, a good story doesn’t need to be crammed with lots of action and stuff exploding for it to be compelling. So, you might be wondering: how can I keep my reader interested in my plot? The answer is suspense.

In order to achieve suspense, you need to create promises to guarantee that something drastic (or, relatively BIG) is going to happen at some point. Steven James states, “Suspense happens in the stillness of your story, in the gaps between the action sequences, in the moments between…

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