Hello! Welcome back to the blog, and today I have some valuable information for all those writing novels. I recently asked the following question on Twitter:
Of course, before reading on for a selection of the answers I received, it's important to remember just how wonderfully subjective this industry is -- which yes, in my opinion is as positive a thing as it is negative -- so understanding why readers stop reading books can be analysed as much or as little as suits. You can see in my question that I didn't specify audience or genre, so if I were to delve deeper into each, I am sure the answers given would shift and vary dependent on expectation.
But, that aside, I find a lot of valuable info in the reasons that come straight from the mouths of readers, and in this case, I'm sure you'll notice two reasons that are raised consistently.
NB: There are 32 answers in this slideshow.
So, there we have it. I hope you noted how flat characters and slow starts both cropped up frequently. I hope these answers help as you move forward with your writing. Feel free to leave your reasons for ditching a book in the comments below.
And be sure to come back next week when I share with you the results of a variety of polls I set up related to reader preferences. It's super informative!
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