It’s been awhile since we’ve visited scenes so I thought I would come back to it with a post about revelations.
We’ve talked about hooks and goals and settings and a few of those tie into this weeks topic. Because with every chapter and each scene we write, we’re revealing to the reader more and more of this world we’ve created. And we want the reader to long for more.
One of the best ways to do this is to simply give the reader more. Give them something they didn’t already know. Give them something that surprises them or they’ve been wondering about. It’s not only going to progress the story but it’s going to keep the reader interested.
Revealing things to the reader can come in many ways.
Make something happen to your characters or make your characters choose to do something that takes them to the next step of the story.
This is your opportunity to show the reader something about the past. Something that explains the progression of the story or makes your MC who he/she is now. The more your reader gets to know your characters (without an information dump, of course), the more they can understand your MC’s and hopefully sympathize with them.
This also goes back to action. Create a reason for your characters to have to react, even if it’s through a simple conversation.
Give the reader something they weren’t expecting through any of the above avenues.
Goals and motivations
Offer more and more as the story progresses as to why your character wants what they want. And show the reader each new thing your MC is willing to do to get it.
This is a great way to reveal character traits, history, etc. to the story.
These are just a few of the ways you can reveal more of the story to your readers. As I work through edits on my current story, one of my goals is to keep the revelations coming. Scene by scene and chapter by chapter. That way the reader is constantly learning more about my characters, about why they are who they are. This is a bit like pacing. Adding spice to your story here and there to make the reader want to move on. To make them constantly feel like they’re getting to that next step in the story.
So how about you? Do you try to add something new to every scene or do you have your own strategy to unwinding your story to the reader?