Keeping your book interesting is hard and I learned since publishing my debut novel there is a handful of things, I learned about writing through feedback from readers.
Make your Characters Disagree with one another.
This seems obvious but making your characters disagree is a great way to create conflict this applies to each character through your novel meaning your main character, villains, and side characters. We create side characters to support the main ones but they don’t necessarily have to agree with the main character’s decisions. Tension makes a great tool to use, it makes readers root for the character and makes your character more interesting and realistic.
Secrets are a good way to create conflict in your novel especially if they are sneaky ones that can cause betrayal, for example, an alcoholic who conceals their drinking habits from their loved ones. It also a great way to shake up your plot. When that secret is relieved or caught, it will cause a sense of betrayal and a new direction to where your story goes.
Nothing adds more drama rather than a bit of family conflict into the mix. Family members can be used for different reasons example a family member your character doesn’t like to ask for a favor or your main character finds out a dark a secret about a certain family member. You can use personal experience and mix up with fiction.
Give your character what they don’t want.
No matter how small and large giving your characters something they don’t want can create conflict in your novel. Giving characters something they are avoiding can build stakes in your novel. You have to know your characters want to know what they want it’s better to make a character profile or write a down list.
Happy writing and reading xx