Episode 24: How to Write Intriguing Stories

How to Write Intriguing Stories

In order to have a successful book, authors must be able to intrigue their readers. Everything from their blurb to their plot must pique the reader’s interest so they want to continue reading. But creating intrigue can be a challenge. If you are struggling in this area, this episode is for you because I am talking all about how to write intriguing stories.


It is so important to get the reader hooked and interested in your story. Blurbs, elevator pitches, queries, and the plot all must be intriguing in order to have a successful book and to get your reader to want to continue reading your story. In today’s episode, I am diving into why you need to be specific when creating intrigue, how being intriguing doesn’t mean creating confusion for the reader, why inconsistencies create weak stories, and the importance of following the rules. 


I’d love to help you create intriguing blurbs, queries, and plots! Schedule a coaching call where we can dive into your story or check out the Real Talk membership! Inside you’ll have access to monthly writing courses, weekly group calls with live edits, and personalized feedback and support! 


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In this episode we cover:

  • Why creating intrigue in your story is important
  • Why you should not be vague when trying to be intriguing 
  • The importance of not creating confusion in an attempt to intrigue
  • How inconsistencies create weak stories
  • Why you need to follow the rules even when you want to write an intriguing query

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Related blog posts & episodes:

Episode 12: Writing Rules: When to Follow Them, When to Break Them

Episode 13: How to Develop New Talents

Episode 21: Writing When Your Story Feels Scrambled


More about The Prologue: helping authors craft a stronger story

Welcome to The Prologue, with author coach, Arielle Hadfield.

You’ve got an idea for a story. Now it’s time to get it on paper. The writing world can be a strange and scary place, but you don’t have to face it alone.


In this podcast, Arielle guides authors through all the steps of writing a book. This includes how to take a simple idea and transform it into an entire story with complete characters and a compelling plot, editing strategies, and mindfulness skills to help break through writer’s block, handle rejection, and find courage to step outside your comfort zone to get your story out of your head and into stores.


Arielle Hadfield began as an author. Soon she was able to combine her writing and editing skills with her background in mental health and life coaching to become the first of its kind author coach!


Tune in every Tuesday to learn how to craft a stronger story. With examples from books, movies, and music, and a fun, encouraging, and kind environment, Arielle will help you reach your goals, no matter how far-fetched they feel today.

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