There is nothing more exciting than introducing students to a great piece of literature. Conversely, there is nothing more disappointing than students’ lack of enthusiasm about a book you truly love. Unfortunately, your fervor about a novel does not always translate into cheers and applause on the part of your students. Reading a novel requires a lot of investment. Even novels with high-action plots take a while to build momentum. How can you quickly bolster students’ interest at the start of a new book? Below are six sure-fire ways to get your class excited about a new novel.
You’ve heard it before, but I’ll tell you again. Save your work and save it often. Don’t wait until you’ve written 3 chapters to save. Set an alarm to go off once an hour or so and reach for the save button.
Consider having a writing schedule. It surely takes time in finding inspiration when you write. You should allow yourself to have at least two hours or more in writing your mystery novel. It gives enough time in organizing mysteries in your story.
I got serious about three years ago, but it wasn’t until this year, 2010, that I’ve made significant progress with my novel. Here are a few things that I did to get serious about completing my remarried empress read online.
Do the Twist. In film scripts it’s called a turning point. In my system it’s called a surprise. Whatever you call it, it’s a major, shocking story development that throws a whole new light on your lead’s situation and makes matters worse in terms of her reaching her goal. A surprise can be a discovery your lead makes; an action by another character that affects your lead; revelation of new information that is truly bad news for your lead; or an event that has a negative impact on your lead’s situation. The surprise should raise the stakes for your lead and thereby make your readers sit up and take notice.
It is cheap and in today’s world, it is pretty much expected. This also factors into your decision on your author name, because ideally you want to choose that name as your domain, in my case jhughthomas. It is best to get the .com domain, but if it is not available you can always go with something like .net or .info instead. Buy the domain from a company that will allow you to put up a simple website without a hosting fee. This means that for less than $10 per year, you can have a searchable presence on the web with some basic information about you and your novel.
Use some or all of these techniques in your next novel. I guarantee you’ll see an improvement-one that will give you a competitive edge in these challenging times.