by Guest DiAnn Mills
Readers are looking for an intense experience that whisks them away into our character’s world. No longer do they want to read about a character on a journey; they crave to be that person. Readers must be passionately involved with every breath, thought, word, and action in our stories. When readers are disappointed in a writer’s inability to create this world for them, they toss the book aside. And they may never read another word of ours again.
Writers, we can’t let this happen.
“Fill your paper with the breathings of your heart.” ― William Wordsworth
How can we ensure our readers have the adventure they deserve?
The writer must have passion for the story.
Only when a story robs us of our sleeping hours and keeps us in a fog during the day can we begin the process. Until then, the words are merely taking refuge on paper.
The writer must spend time getting to know the character.
Prewriting our novels takes time, thought, and lots of mental exhaustion. Ask questions, research, interview, and probe through the forbidden dark places of your character’s mind. Sometimes those places come from our own minds. Use the one fear that stalks them to show character growth and change. Know the character’s backstory as it effects the story. If it doesn’t matter to the character, it won’t matter to the reader.
“First, find out what your hero wants, then just follow him!”
– Ray Bradbury
The writer must create from her own personal pain.
For readers to feel anger, happiness, sadness, fear, contempt, disgust, and loneliness, we must rip the scars off our hearts and write authentically. Be that character no matter how foreign the experience. Emotions in conflict add tension to every line of story. Slam your character into a corner, watch her squirm and fight her way out.
The writer is convinced her character plays the perfect role.
Only your character can be the one to tread where no one has gone before. Only your character has the past, flaws, weaknesses, victories, goals, and determination to ensure the story ripples with emotion. We all experience life in a different manner, and your character’s inner and outer expressions have to coincide with how she perceives each moment of story.
The writer must select the exact point of view.
This tip is twofold.
1. The deeper the POV, the more the reader can identify with the character. 2. Every time we change point of views, we are asking the reader to step out of the character’s closet, undress, and dress again in the new character’s POV. How many times is that transition necessary for our story? How often will readers move their passion to another character?
Passion wraps its arm around emotion, and within that depth of writing, the writer can provide an adventure that ripples with credibility and unexpected happenings.
How do you create passion in your story?
DiAnn will be giving away a copy of Deep Extraction today! Please let us know in the comments if you'd like to be entered. Winner will be announced in the weekend edition.
DiAnn Mills is a bestselling author who believes her readers should expect an adventure. She creates action-packed, suspense-filled novels to thrill readers. Her titles have appeared on the CBA and ECPA bestseller lists; won two Christy Awards; and been finalists for the RITA, Daphne Du Maurier, Inspirational Readers’ Choice, and Carol award contests. Library Journal presented her with a Best Books 2014: Genre Fiction award in the Christian Fiction category for Firewall. Connect with DiAnn here: www.diannmills.com
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