"James Patterson's books account for one out of every 17 hardcover novels purchased in the United States.
The secret to this success isn't Patterson's uncommon productivity (he publishes at least three books a year, and as many as 13) or his range (spanning thrillers, nonfiction, children's books, and beyond). It's his colloquial storytelling style that grabs a hold of readers early on, instilling an insatiable need to know what happens next."
Read the whole article to find out Patterson's tips on how to tell a story that will hook people in:
- Write stories the way people tell them
- Make it an experience
- Short chapters keep people reading
- It doesn't have to be realistic
- Outline like your book depends on it (because it does)
- Be open to changes during the writing, though write with confidence, even if you don't feel confident yet
- Know who you're writing for and what they want