What really engages a reader is the ||Words|| & ||Interactiveness|| of your story. It revolves around how you use your words and the setting of your story, that way you will make your story come to life, and that will engage the readers.
Limelight is more preferred because it has more diversity and updates every week, sure it has some flaws, but each style does. Don’t let this stop you from writing any style you want.
Readers love customization, they will legit bully you in the fanmail if you don’t have it. I suggest limited customization if you don’t want your reader to really change your character. But at the same time, they are the ones that have to look at the character the whole time, so that isn’t really fair.
The app literally says "choose your story" of course readers would like to control what their character does, and they would like to see the impact it has on them when they pick a choice, so I see that as a must. But hey it’s your story.
It legit depends on where your story is going. Your story can not be sad the whole time then BAM!!! A magical wizard pops out and makes your story happy!! If you want a happy ending, you have to lead it up to that point, visa versa.
I’ll tell you what doesn’t make your story funny. FORCED JOKES!!! Comedy is better when it comes out natural. To answer your question, to make your story funny let it come out naturally. If you’re not funny, I don’t know what to tell you.
1. Write In One Sitting
Write the first draft of your story in as short a time as possible. If you’re writing a short story, try to write it in one sitting. If you’re writing a novel, try to write it in one season (three months).
Don’t worry too much about plotting or outlining beforehand. You can do that once you know you have a story to tell in the first place. Your first draft is a discovery process. You are like an archeologist digging an ancient city out of the clay. You might have a few clues about where your city is buried beforehand, but you don’t know what it will look like until it’s unearthed.
All that’s to say, get digging!
2. Develop Your Protagonist Stories are about protagonists, and if you don’t have a good protagonist, you won’t have a good story. The essential ingredient for every protagonist is that they must make decisions. Victor Frankl said, “A human being is a deciding being.” Your protagonist must make a decision to get herself into whatever mess she gets into in your story, and likewise, she must come to a crisis point and decide to get herself out of the mess. To further develop your protagonist, use other character archetypes like the villain, the protagonist’s opposite, or the fool, a sidekick character that reveals the protagonist’s softer side
3. Create Suspense and Drama
To create suspense, set up a dramatic question. A dramatic question is something like, “Is he going to make it?” or, “Is she going to get the man of her dreams?” By putting your protagonist’s fate in doubt, you make the reader ask, What happens next?
Note: To do this well, you need to carefully restrict the flow of information to the reader. Nothing destroys drama like over-sharing.
4. Edit Like a Pro Most professional writers write three drafts or more. The first draft is often called the “vomit draft” or the “shitty first draft.” Don’t share it with anyone! Your first draft is your chance to explore your story and figure out what it’s about. Your second draft isn’t for polishing, although many new writers will try to polish as soon as they can to clean up their embarrassing first draft. Instead, the second draft is meant for major structural changes and for clarifying the plot and characters of your novel or the key ideas of your non-fiction book. The third draft is for deep polishing. Now is when everything starts to gel. This is the fun part! But until you write the first two drafts, polishing is probably a waste of your time.
Personally, I think you should write out your story, and when you’re done with a certain episode, find an instrumental that fits perfectly with your story and tell your readers to play that while reading your story.
The best way to defeat writers block is to write. If you’re stuck, don’t try to write well. Don’t try to be perfect. Just write.
Sometimes, to write better stories, you have to start by taking the pressure off and just writing.