How to add wonder to your writing

I wonder what will happen next.

The dream of every writer is to make the reader question and wonder about everything happening to your characters.

But how to give readers that sense of awe, curiosity, or admiration?

And more than that why do we want to achieve this lofty goal?


A sense of wonder will keep readers turning pages.

I loved this post by Janice Hardy.

Janice put a different twist on the usual questions writers ask. And a different twist for me means a new twist for my readers.


  • don’t be predictable
    • delicious or poison
    • dead-end or right destination
  • make the reader worry
    • success and failure,
    • secrets and truths
    • a clean the kitchen or a bloody mess
  • a hook in the beginning and triggers throughout
    • good fisherman plays with the fish, so does a good writer

When the reader needs to catch their breath is the time to relax the tension. After all, no ones want to hang on a cliff forever.

Now head over and read her post. Tell me what tips did you get from Janice Hardy?

Whether you are an outliner, or fly by the seat of your pants, this post will give you a new look at old questions.

What Do You Want Readers to Wonder About? by Janice Hardy

I’m wondering, did her tips help you? 

I’d love to hear how you apply wonder to a current WIP. Do share.

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9 thoughts on “How to add wonder to your writing

  1. I usually read Jance’s posts because she gives me a lot to think about. This particular post I bookmarked. I am thinking about copying the highlights of it and tacking it onto my bulletin board so I will remember to ask the questions before writing each scene.

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