There are many things that can go wrong with an adventure novel. Bland writing, faulty plots and mundane characters are the most common reasons for readers to get distracted, due to the lack of excitement resonating back from the pages. To keep things interesting and deliver a good dose of popcorn literature, there are a few thumb rules of writing an adventure novel which every author must know.
Few of them are discussed below:
Bring your puppets to life
The ultimate aim of a puppet-master (or an author, in your case) is to weave life into their puppets. It is important for an adventure novelist to create characters which are relatable and reflect the readers’ thoughts back into them. Your readers should be able to visualise themselves as the main protagonist and contemplate your character’s next move like it’s going to be their own.
Your plot is your hero
Surprisingly, it is not all about the characters you portray. When it comes to writing an adventure novel, your storyline plays a key role in producing that nail-biting suspense you are aiming to depict. Writing a story with twists and turns in every couple of chapters keeps the readers gripped, leaving them wanting for more. Read our effective guide on how to do research for a novel to come up with the ultimate plot. Suspense is the driving force of every adventure novel so make sure you outline your plot well.
Do not get stereotyped
Keep the clichés at bay.
There is a reason why they are called clichés in the first place. It is because they are fixed in the mindset of the audience. If your story builds up as any other story would, your book will easily get type-casted as a boring book irrespective of how much drama and adventure it oozes. So, forget all about the damsel-in-distress plotline and focus on something fresh and unique which has not been read before.
Your style of writing is the platform on which you will be presenting your story to your readers. Keep the drama levels high and describe every action by giving utmost importance to detail. Incorporating humour in your style of writing is also a great way to connect with readers. It makes the characters more relatable and keeps the readers hooked on to your book.
Check and recheck
Make sure you read your work to check the flow of your writing. Maintain the same style throughout and space out the dramatic parts and twists evenly to sustain the suspense. It is a good idea to share your draft with a friend or colleague to get a third person’s opinion. Or maybe work with an editor to get some professional advice in turning your first draft into a complete manuscript. Be open to criticism and consider their reviews as inputs from potential readers to make your novel better.
Top adventure novels to get inspiration from:
Getting inspiration from published work gives you some insight into the perfect formula of creating a well-received adventure novel. Whether you are opting for horror, fantasy, thrillers or periodic adventures, getting inspiration always helps.
Writing an adventure novel is an adventure on its own. Hope you are inspired enough to let your creativity take over as you publish your work for the world to read.
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