Over the summer I had the pleasure of reading Colm Toibin's Brooklyn. For all the routine of his female protagonist's days, I found myself compellingly drawn less into the narrative and more with the narrative. A personal lover of jazz, there is a rhythm here that pays homage to another time, another pace.
10. So, musicality is one technique for drawing the reader on.
9. Formatting is another.
But the myriad of ways in which this can be done are magical. First, look at Passoa's The Book of Disquiet. Here he presents the internal thoughts of a man simply sat at his office desk and yet, with the first person narrative segmented into journal entries, each new entry revives us.
So Diary format makes 8. Conversational tone makes 7.
Over the course of his literary career, Passoa himself wrote in many different and contrasting styles. But going to the top of my list of a single book that does this superbly would be English Passengers by contemporary novelist Matthew …