How do you keep a suicidal person alive without them even knowing what you’re doing? I’ll tell you in a second.
Dan Brown recently released his latest novel, titled Inferno. It’s been out for a little while. Maybe you’ve read it already. I need a good weekend when I can sit down, tune out the world and just immerse myself in that world.
From what my friends tell me, Dan Brown continues to deliver his highly addictive, cocaine-soaked writing style in this one. History, art, codes, symbols, futuristic science, secret passages, riddles… It’s all there.
Of course, it’s a NY Times bestseller. “Ça va de soi.”
One of the questions I’ve been asking myself is: how these guys pull it off?
A skilled writer quickly learns how to captivate his audience and keep them riveted to every single word, during 200 pages.
When you open a Dan Brown novel, he sometimes grabs you in the first sentence.
If you make the mistake of reading the first page, you’re screwed.
Forget any other kind of commitment.
It ain’t happening until you see that baby through.
You might show up, but you and I well know where your head is.
And haven’t you in the past sneaked into the restroom just to be able to finish that chapter?
I have. Countless times.
Still doesn’t solve the problem.
That bastard laces the novel with cliffhangers at the end of every chapter. You HAVE TO keep reading to find peace with yourself.
Imagine what would happen if you developed that power.
Think about it.
You could even keep a suicidal person alive, just because they couldn’t bear ending it all without knowing what happens at the end of the damn story.
While I was researching this topic, I landed on this little narrative:
Curiosity, my friend.
Curiosity killed the cat but kept the suicidal guy alive.