1. 3-D storytelling. Whether the story takes place in a fantasy world, in days long ago, has characters who are more than eccentric or personified, each page must contain vivid storytelling. This is best done by incorporating sensory clues so realistic the reader can’t help but live the moment with the character even if one is propelled in a rocket soaring to the sun.
2. Dialogue. Spoken words need to reveal more than conversation. Questions of the heart and mind, when said out loud, insight rebuttals, emotions, and other questions. Don’t be afraid to put a thought inside the quotes and open the door for other characters to verbally respond with their emotion.
3. Pacing. There are moments when readers need a chance to process and other moments when pages need to fly. If our books were musicals, a song would be inserted. For example, in the movie Frozen, Anna (the younger sister) was lonely. She met a handsome prince at the coronation. To speed up their attraction and marriage proposal, the song, Love is an Open Door was inserted (A hilarious song). The words and actions clarified and even justified Anna’s reasons for saying yes so quickly. For books, an anecdote could be inserted.What else could be done to give readers time to process or fast forward?
4. Reasonable components of reality must be integrated. Winnie the Pooh, though a toy, was hungry and thirsty. True to history, Confederate soldiers died and plantations burned in Gone With the Wind. Harry Potter was bullied. Dracula could die. The snowman in Frozen saw the world upside down when his head wasn’t on right. Each of these examples serve as a key to open the door and welcome the reader/viewer into a believable story world.