January Writing Tips from Dan Brown #2
Working on a my new novel I was tempted to add in too many elements or plot twists to create complexity but this can leave reader’s confused. I realized that if I had a hard time keeping track of too many layers of the onion, so would my reader.
Dan Brown also shares this same advice in his MasterClass about writing Thrillers. He said that all the best books he’s read are about one single thing. I would have to agree.
Yes, you can add in details that make your character more complex. It comes down to answering the questions your audience would ask one at a time. Let your audience have that “Ah-ha” moment with you that shares why a character reacts a certain way or does things a certain way.
Depth is created by questions. You just need to see that you answer them and don’t leave your audience hanging too long. Your words are living and breathing on the page. The hope we have as writers is that your audience will share the same curiosities, questions, and emotions as you type them on the page.
I hope today’s quick insight helps you on your writing journey!
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