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Keep Readers Hooked with Immersive Writing



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so some authors have this innate ability

to be able to draws into any story and

it just make us laugh and cry or just go

insane over it

these are the ones that become our

favorites even though sometimes we don't

like the endings to them hello my

sister's keeper you ripped my heart out

but I still love you so what is it that

makes these stories so lovable they

immerse you in the story they put us

right in the thick of things and we

forget that there's actually an author

that's telling this story immersing your

reader it's different than just hooking

and it's keeping them hooked these tips

should be used throughout your novel to

keep your reader plugging along and

hopefully to evoke some kind of

emotional response preferably one that

doesn't involve you getting hate mail so

to help you get there I've compiled five

methods that I think will help you

immerse your readers in your writing if

you want to be just as good as your

favorite authors one day then listen on

number one use the force just kidding I

couldn't help myself

number one is actually use the senses

how often do you go through your day not

use your senses hmm that's a toughy oh

yeah it's never unless you've got

extenuating health-related circumstances

you use your senses every single day so

of course you should include this in

your writing but don't feel constricted

into using just the original five senses

what there's more you're probably

familiar with see touch hear taste and

smell but what about proprioception

where you're able to tell where your

body parts are relative to one another

you can use this when you want to

portray that your character is days

early with the function properly perhaps

they've fallen or they've been hit in a

fight equilibrio ception which is

responsible for you being able to keep

your balance can also be used in similar

ways some other interesting ones include

pressure itch hunger and direction now

why am i throwing all these strange

senses at you so you can use them of

course these are naturally occurring

senses for all of us so we shouldn't

forget to use them in our writing making

use of the senses enables the reader to

get a better picture of what's really

happening to your character it brings

the depth to your writing they can't be

replaced with anything else so if you're

in the editing phase and you find that

your work is a little detached then go

back and make sure that you're putting

your senses to work number two learn

deep point of view this is a wonderful

way of creating immersive writing deep

point of view basically means that you

limit the author intrusion and you let

the character tell the story it can

usually accomplish in third person

what writing in first person does and

allows the reader to forget that the

author is even there this allows the

reader to establish a really strong

connection to the story and makes them

feel like they're living the journey

along with the characters start with the

mindset that you should never write

anything down that your character

already knows to be true as an example

if you go to the grocery store you're

not going to jump into the brief history

of the grocery store as you're shopping

around even if it's pertinent to the

story and if something that your

character knows they wouldn't be

thinking it in that immediate moment

eight point of view is more in the

moment so reflection on beer things like

this is a noun own you should also jump

at the chance to use words that are more

meaningful to your character telling a

story this allows your characters to

show through more on the page since a

war veteran couldn't be expected to

describe a story in the same way as Miss

USA for example they would use different

verbage and have a different cadence to

their speaking I particularly like this

aspect because I'm working with multiple

point of views in my work in progress

right now

so I can still get the essence of the

first person without confusing my

readers when I switched who is the eye

and me but tread lightly remember to

only change point of view during scene

changes and make it obvious this is

referred to as head hopping and can give

your reader metaphorical whiplash if

your audience has to reread a passage to

make sure they know who is speaking then

something's wrong this is a great item

to ask beta readers to check out so you

know whether or not you're guilty of

this if you want the readers to live in

the world of your character then you

need to get in that world first and then

make sure you never leave so don't say

things like her brother Eric when we

hope by now that she knows that her

brother is named Eric so to work around

this you can use things like

introductions flashbacks or dialogue to

actually establish that eric is her

brother your readers are smart and they

like it if you leave it up to them to

figure stuff out number three

limit narrative tags this is often

grouped in with the point of view but

can be taken as its own separate point

if you're not quite ready to take the

plunge into that style of writing in

principle the less the reader thinks

that they're reading a story the more

realistic it's going to be for them and

one thing that kind of distracts the

reader from that is narrative tags so

narrative tags can either be dialog tags

to signal who's speaking or filter tags

that the reader knows when the character

is thinking both should be minimized so

that your reader is never pulled out of

the story words like said asked or

wondered actually detract from your

storytelling it's a pause in the

narrative

if it doesn't need to be there instead

you can replace dialogue tags with an

action for example get out of my room

you brat

easy demanded mark made a face at her

make me he retorted now listen to the

following with a narrative tags from the

moon get out of my room you brat ami

tried to shove her brother into the

hallway by his recent growth spurt

difficult make me mark contorted his

face and stood his ground I know I

totally should have been an actor the

ladder reads a lot more smoothly and can

allow the reader to get a better picture

of what's going on think about the last

conversation that you had did you pause

and think about who said what or did you

listen and take in their body languages

and actions at the same time this is

what you want to emulate in your writing

so make it real and drop those tags

number 4 build up to the climax

if the climax involves the death of your

main characters mother and you need to

establish well beforehand why your

character cares so much about her mother

and this starts well before the climax

do this by making their relationship

real so that the reader feels just as

crushed as the character does when the

mother passes away

hooray for crushing readers you need

plenty of time to build up the

foundation so thank goodness you have

3/4 of a book to do it in remember the

movie my dog skip or Marley & Me

I know these movies involve animals and

it's much easier to get attached to

animals but bear with me we all knew

what was coming because hello it can't

end well and through both movies we were

shown the bond formed between the dogs

and their humans their ups and downs and

in-betweens brought them all closer in

the end your story should do the same

thing in order to make your climax so

climactic the events that take place

have to be important first to the

character and then highlight it to the

reader an emotional impact on your

reader whether good or bad is always

what you should strive to accomplish in

your writing number 5 Nick's weak nouns

and verbs you never want your readers to

get bored of your writing fast way to

assure that they do is by using boring

birds and nouns why writing doesn't have

to be fifty shades of purple prose you

should have some fun while you're adding

a little character to the words

themselves weak words are ones that

aren't very descriptive to the situation

at hand verbs and nouns are both great

opportunities to create a more detailed

mental image for your reader equate

verbs are used you're missing a chance

at create some tension and some strong

emotion but if weak nouns are used then

you're leaving your reader in a circle

of hell with vague descriptions the best

way to get this point across

by using examples if I use the word boy

in a sentence there's a lot of

possibility as to what I could really

mean depending on your reader this can

encompass an age gap from 0 to 25 but

think about the words toddler teenager

or infant these words are much more

descriptive and afford your reader a

better picture with the same word gal

this is also something that can be

easily accomplished in the editing phase

after you realized you've said run 4

times in 3 pages instead of using the

word run try to use - trot or scamper

they each have slightly different

connotations and can make your writing

seem a lot less repetitive you should

always look for ways to have the most

impact with as few words as possible and

strong verbs and nouns are just the way

to do that so that's all I have for you

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