Monday, January 17, 2011
Monday's Writing Tip: Character Care
Last week I wrote about letting your characters lead your story. This week I'll focus on the importance of making your readers care for those characters.
No matter how good the plot is in a story, if the audience doesn't really care about the characters involved, chances are the book will be tossed aside and never finished.
As writers, we need to let the reader into our characters' heads and reveal their longings, desires, hopes and fears. Knowing these things allows the audience to empathize and understand any hesitation or reservations seen in our characters.
Better yet, readers will feel those dreams and defeats, and begin rooting for the people we've created from our imaginations. They'll want that job promotion, breaking story, dinner invitation, bake off prize or home run to be a success just as much as our humble characters do.
Don't hold back, be dramatic! Reveal what's going on inside; and this includes bad guys! They need a little empathy, too. So even if your plot doesn't include a quest for world domination, it can be absorbing, as long as the reader cares for the characters!
In your current WIP, have you revealed enough about your characters to make the reader care? Tweet me @: maria_mckenzie. Thanks for stopping by!