Jessica. 21. Fanfiction writer. Hardcore Ten x Rose shipper, but expect a little of everything from Doctor Who. Also quite passionate about Buffy and Harry Potter (and I can't promise that other fandoms won't pop up from time to time either).
Advice: Readers Stop After Third Chapter
Anonymous asked: I have a good first three chapters but I have trouble getting anyone to hold interest long enough to read beyond that. Any tips?
This isn’t an easy thing to say, but the truth is, if people aren’t reading beyond your first three chapters, the problem is within the first three chapters. Those early chapters make or break your story. If you don’t establish interesting characters, a strong setting, a compelling main character, and a unique set of circumstances, your reader won’t care enough to want to read beyond those early chapters.
You’ll need to go back to the “drawing board” for a bit. Start by heading back to the planning phase briefly. Take a look at your characters and make sure you have fleshed them out adequately. Make sure that the main characters have an arc which has them starting out as one thing and ending up as something else. This could be starting out angry and ending up happy in the end, starting out innocent and ending up wise, or being lonely and ending up feeling loved. Flesh out your setting so that you can imagine every “set piece” in your head, and take a look at your story structure to make sure it contains enough conflict and tension. After you’ve done all of that, revise your first three chapters to make them more compelling. Here are some posts to help with that:
How to Develop a Plot
Fleshing Out a Flat Character
How to Give Your Story a Purpose
How to Make Simple Writing More Vivid
Conflict and Tension
How to Perfect Your Writing
Ways to Tighten Up Your Writing
ficlet: tinkering troubles
So silver wanted the Doctor or Rose teaching a child something. I, uh, sort of had Rose teaching the Doctor something about children. Close enough, yes?
All ages || Fluff || Ten(Too)/Rose
“Rooooose,” the Doctor calls through the TARDIS.
Hearing her reply, he almost runs into the galley, and huffs at his wife, “Why is our daughter pulling apart my hair dryer?”
Turning to him and crossing her arms, Rose raises an eyebrow, saying, “Our daughter is pulling apart your hair dryer because someone insisted on teaching her about the wonders of tinkering.”
The Doctor tugs his ear and explains, “But Rose, tinkering is a time honoured and well respected practice among the…”
Trailing off at her stare, he scratches the back of his head and waits. Rose smirks and says, “It might be, but I have enough troubles with a tinkering husband. So since that certain someone decided our daughter doesn’t need supervision while she’s tinkering, well, seems only fair if his electronics are used for her practice.”
He looks at the way Rose stands, her position in the kitchen, finally noticing the mess on the cupboards and the Doctor gulps. Stepping backwards, he hits a wall he was sure used to be the door and asks, “Uh, she, erm, she got to the new blender, didn’t she?”
Walking towards the newly made door next to her, Rose looks over her shoulder, grinning, and says, “Yep. And for every appliance she messes with in here, I’m giving her one of yours to pull apart next.”