How to Use Story Questions to Captivate Readers

We’ve all had the experience of reading the first chapter of a book and saying to ourselves, “This is going to be good.” This is how I felt when listening to the first chapter of Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi for the first time.

What makes us feel this way? A magical amalgam of relatable and interesting characters, language that sings to the heart, and awakened curiosity draw us into a world that is not our own.

How to Set Word Count Goals and Boost Your Writing Productivity (Free Printable!)

Word count goals are magical. They motivate and push us to reach levels of productivity we didn’t know were possible. They are fun for those of us who like to measure progress, and meeting those goals feels amazing. But when we consistently overreach and do not hit our goals, it can be disheartening, and when we push too hard to hit a number, we aren’t always focusing on the quality of the work. That is the dark underbelly of word count goals.