A great story told well keeps us turning pages and wakes up the voices in our heads. But there are some things you don't want running through your readers' minds. Here are five questions to avoid having your readers ask as they read your book.
A "hook" is a passage or bit of information that changes the stakes, pulls the reader along, and builds the trajectory of your narrative. Constructing a hook map can help ensure yours are serving your story.
There are many ways to take a critical pass at your writing to tighten up your narrative and make it more enjoyable for your reader. Asking yourself "Why do I need this in my story?" from a macro to micro level, is one approach.