Page-Turning Prose (Week Ending August 25)

“I try to leave out the parts people skip.” ~¬†Elmore Leonard (Get Shorty,¬†3:10 to Yuma)

Writers all want readers to turn the page. The key is to have the reader so engrossed in the story that he or she doesn’t realize it’s the end of a scene — or a chapter — and plows ahead without stopping. Some writers excel at this, and while there’s no magic formula every writer looks for it.

This week, we’re asking the writers in the Confabulator Cafe what they do to keep the reader turning the page. Is it description, characters, some trick of style? Do they always end a chapter on a cliff-hanger?

We hope you learn something from this week’s writing advice from our authors.

And if you’d like some more great writing tips from authors who aren’t part of the Cafe (but certainly could be), check out this great post on BuzzFeed: 30 Indispensable Writing Tips From Famous Authors.

Until Next Week,

The Cafe Management

Cafe Management is run by the administration of The Confabulator Cafe. We keep things running smoothly, post stories by guest authors, and manage other boring back-end tasks.

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