Posted on 12/23/2019 at 12:00 PM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

Readers don’t want to be able to predict every single page of your story.

But many still reread books, while others still pick up, say, a historical fiction novel about well-known events or a romance tale that promises a happily-ever-after.

So what is it that draws them in? It’s an element that C.S. Lewis described as “surprisingness.”

As another C.S. (Lakin, in this case) explains it, it’s not the surprise of the plot, but the surprise of the emotion it causes us to feel, that truly captures a reader.

Lakin shares an illustrative example of “surprisingness” on her blog, Live Write Thrive, to inspire you to seek the same quality. 

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