“5 Tips On How To Keep Your Readers Coming Back For More” by Carrie Ann Golden

 

Today’s guest post is brought to you by Tuesday Serial’s very own, Carrie Ann Golden.

 


 

5 Tips On How To Keep Your Readers Coming Back For More

by

Carrie Ann Golden

 

How do you write a serial fiction that will have readers coming back for more?  Here are some ideas:

 

1Post new chapters/sections in a timely fashion.

Don’t wait several weeks or months to post a new entry to your story.  Readers don’t like to wait very long to see what happens next.

Pick a schedule that works best for you whether it’s daily, weekly, or even bi-monthly.

Once you choose a schedule that you can work with, keep it!  Your readers are counting on you!

 

2. Show, don’t tell.

Make your story come to life in a reader’s mind by showing what happen.  Allow the reader to lose her or himself in the world you’ve created.

Example:

Telling: She is angry.

Showing: “She kicked open the screen door; letting it slam against the wall as she dashed outside. Down the steps and into the yard she flew. Grabbing the first rock in her path, she hurled it back toward the house. It crashed through the living room window with an explosion of shattered glass.” (from Marion Dane Bauer’s What’s Your Story).

 

3. Try to end each section or chapter with a cliffhanger.

Give your readers no choice but to come back!  Make them hungry for more!

Bradford Wendel explores this topic in his article, Using the Cliffhanger in Serial Fiction: A Primer.

 

4. Make sure each entry is as free of grammatical errors as possible.

This should be pretty self-explanatory, but sadly many choose to ignore.   Take an extra five minutes to proof-read your work before hitting that “post” or “submit” button.

 

5. Find ways to make your story original.

Try something that few have dared to do.  Avoid the typical cliches that come with each genre. Add more layers to the story, mix it up!  There are so many ways to do this, and I have two articles to help you decide which ways to choose for your story:

The 4 Tweaks To Writing Truly Original Stories and Characters

Story Plots: 7 Tips To Be More Original

 

Can you add other ways that would help increase the success of a serial fiction?

 

About the author…

Carrie Ann Golden lives on a farmstead in the Red River Valley of North Dakota with hubby, and teen-age son. She writes short stories and poetry mainly, and is also a citizen journalist. Her works have been published with Piker Press, Doll Hospital Journal, The Hungry Chimera, GFT Press, Asylum Ink, Kids For Literature and Zombie Poetry.

 


 

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#TuesdaySerial Report – December 15, 2017

Oh, the weather outside is frightful. Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow! 🙂 For this week’s #TuesdaySerial Report, we have 9 entries! .

Coming tomorrow (Saturday) is our next guest post by Carrie Ann Golden.  Be sure to be on the look out for it!

Don’t forget to like our Facebook page! Click on #TuesdaySerial to go there. Also, be sure to Retweet any of our posts about this list so more folks can learn about all of our serials!

As always, #TuesdaySerial is brought to you each week by the team of Brad Wendel, Carrie Ann Golden, Chuck Allen, and Larry Kollar. Feel free to reach out to any of us with questions.

No matter what genres you love, there’s something for you in this week’s offerings. If you’d rather read only completed serials, you’ll find some in our Graduates section (above). In our Hall of Fame, you can find serials that have been subsequently published – make an author happy and go buy one! If you have questions, just let us know!

WRITERS: Do you have news to share in next week’s report? Have an idea for a guest blog post? Did your serial get published? Have some other news for everyone? Shoot us an e.mail (tuesdayserial@tuesdayserial.com) or a DM (@tuesdayserial) so we can share the good news!

We strive for 100% perfection every week (of course!), but if you happen to spot any mistakes or broken links in this week’s TuesdaySerial report, let us know! Happy reading (and writing!) until next week!


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#TuesdaySerial Report – December 9, 2017

Here is your latest Tuesday Serial Report with 9 entries!  .

Don’t forget to like our Facebook page! Click on #TuesdaySerial to go there. Also, be sure to Retweet any of our posts about this list so more folks can learn about all of our serials!

As always, #TuesdaySerial is brought to you each week by the team of Brad Wendel, Carrie Ann Golden, Chuck Allen, and Larry Kollar. Feel free to reach out to any of us with questions.

No matter what genres you love, there’s something for you in this week’s offerings. If you’d rather read only completed serials, you’ll find some in our Graduates section (above). In our Hall of Fame, you can find serials that have been subsequently published – make an author happy and go buy one! If you have questions, just let us know!

WRITERS: Do you have news to share in next week’s report? Have an idea for a guest blog post? Did your serial get published? Have some other news for everyone? Shoot us an e.mail (tuesdayserial@tuesdayserial.com) or a DM (@tuesdayserial) so we can share the good news!

We strive for 100% perfection every week (of course!), but if you happen to spot any mistakes or broken links in this week’s TuesdaySerial report, let us know! Happy reading (and writing!) until next week!


This linky list is now closed.