Making your story believable is dependent on your “authoritative voice”. Convincing the reader must be paramount if you want your novel or short story to succeed. Here are some key methods great writers use.
Research is key. Readers are smarter than you think. They can easily sift out “fake facts”. On the flip side, injecting some true researched tidbits can gain you respect from your reader.
But a word of caution….you can OVERDO it! Don’t make your story sound like a Wikipedia article!
Hook The Reader Quickly
Inject tension early in your novel. Doing so (early) tells the reader that the writer – has an important story to tell. Starting the story off too immersed into pointless description and expository is a great way to lose your reader.
Keep the Story Going!
The story should keep the plot going. Think basketball, where the aim of the game is to keep the ball moving and ultimately make the basket. If all you’re doing is dribbling aimlessly your reader will lose interest. Every seen should be directed at moving ‘the ball’ to the ultimate goal (plot goal) or subplot.
As a writer, your ultimate goal is keeping the reader engaged. The techniques above are only a few that are key.