How To Write A Page-Turner
Craft a Story Your Readers Can’t Put Down
by Jordan Rosenfeld
Release date: March 19th, 2019
I received a complimentary ARC copy of How To Write A Page-Turner,
Craft a Story Your Readers Can’t Put Down by Jordan Rosenfeld from Net Galley and F+W Media/Writer’s Digest Books.
If you are a novice or seasoned writer who wants to publish dynamic and interesting novels… How To Write A Page-Turner is the perfect book for you.
There are novels that keep you riveted, you know the ones, the stories that keep you flipping pages into the wee hours of the morning? How To Write A Page-Turner teaches you all about keeping the tension in your story high, creating a story that is innovative as well as riveting and leaving your readers glued to the page.
I have quite a few writing books (okay, approx half my office) and I have to say this will definitely be in my writing library as a go-to book for a long time. Filled with excellent tips on creating and maintaining tension in your writing, HTWPT feels different from the plethora of “how-to” books already out there.
Jordan divides her book into four parts: Essential Tension Elements, Tension with Characters, Plot Tension, and Tension in Exposition. Each part breaks it down even further, covering everything from character development, writing effective dialogue, plotting your tension at just the right spots in your novel as well as word usage, sentence structure and writing imagery. She also gives a review at the end of each chapter as well as exercises/tips for you to implement in your own writing, to help you appraise and polish your WIP to until it’s a page-turner fraught with tension!
I really enjoyed this book and I highly recommend it to all writers looking to take their writing to the next level.
Most writers can’t control when inspiration hits. Our ideas often come at us at unusual times and often unexpected or inconvenient places. Most of my friends and family have laughed at me for the number of journals, notepads and scraps of paper (post-it’s in particular) I have around me at any given time. While out for coffee or on the subway I would get a great idea for a new story or something to add to one in process, and I would jot it down whether it was on the back of an envelope, in a notebook or even on a coffee-stained napkin which is often disorganized and lets just say it….downright messy.
A while back I started using a traveller’s notebook to capture everything and I am hooked. They are journal covers with elastics that slip into the centre of smaller notebooks allowing you to carry multiple notebooks at a time so that you can swap them in and out as they are filled. You also can add pockets, folders and dashboards(clear plastic pages for post-it’s) to keep all your notes in one place. I keep four notebooks in mine, one general all-purpose one for ideas that don’t necessarily have a home just yet, and one for each individual project I am working on at the moment. I place post-its with ideas, to-dos or quotes on the dashboard. I attach interesting pictures, articles or jot down links that I want to research further. I personally love analogue over using my phone, tablet or computer although I do rely on those on occasion I find it easier to keep my ideas organized. I go all out adding sketches, washi tape, pictures, stamps and postcards relevant to my projects. Traveller’s notebook can be found online or if you’re handy you can make your own. If you run a search on YouTube, Instagram or Pinterest you can find hundreds of tutorials and inspirational ideas on creating a system that works for you.
Journaling is becoming more mainstream and it’s not just reserved for keeping secrets under lock and key. Journaling is more of an art form and healing too. There are so many benefits of encouraging your young adult to journal…
- Helps your teen with writing skills.
- Encourages and fosters creativity.
- Gives them an outlet to express themselves.
- A tool for your young adult’s self-development and actualization.
- Can assist in making decisions by making pro and con arguments.
- Can create a time capsule that your young adult can keep into adulthood.
- For storytelling or writing prose. Give your young adult a place to record story ideas, poems, or lyrics.
“Writing is an exploration. You start from nothing and learn as you go”. ~ E. L. Doctorow
Four tips to setting up a journal practice for your young adult…
- Let your young adult choose a journal that expresses their personality. Choosing one in their favourite colour or with a design that is meaningful to them will go one step further in making it special for them.
- Help them to create a special ritual to make it time just for them, something that can be a lifelong habit.
- Allow them to do whatever they want using stickers, washi tapes, markers, stamps, ticket stubs, scraps and perhaps even a mini polaroid for them to attach pictures of special events.
- Respect their privacy. Allow your young adult to have a safe space to record their thoughts, feeling emotions fostering trust and respect
Writing prompts are a wonderful way to kick-start your young adult’s creativity and generate ideas. There isn’t a right or wrong way respond, just encourage them to be honest, creative and stretch their imagination!
“You can make anything by writing.”~C.S. Lewis ”
What would happen if you could write something into existence? Would you write about a new pair of kicks or would you choose something larger, perhaps world peace?