Making the Connection: Investing Your Readers

Have you ever read a book that is well written, has an interesting premise, a solid plot with plenty of twists, yet it leaves you feeling either unsatisfied or it simply fades from memory as quickly as you read the words ‘The End’? Ever wonder how an author spun the magical web that left you thinking about a story days, weeks, months, even years after you finished reading the book?

The second is the kind of author I want to be. I want to haunt readers with my characters, I want to plague them with my plots, I want my words to linger in the recesses of their minds to revisit them again and again – in other words, I want my stories to be memorable. (It’a really not as creepy as it might sound, I promise!)

Question: How do you crack the code? How do you create a fictional world that captures your audience?

Answer: You create an emotional connection between your readers and the story, forging a bond that resonates at a deeper level than mere casual reading.

Image result for the emotional craft of fictionFor some writers, this may be instinctual, a natural click of the keys or flick of the pen. For the rest of us, it may take a bit more effort, in which case, The Emotional Craft of Fiction by Donald Maass is a priceless resource. This book illuminates the many ways in which you can make your readers care. Best of all, many of these tips can be used during the editing process to help flesh out scenes that lend themselves naturally to the different methods presented in this book.

I’ll be sharing some of my favorite quotes from this book over the next several months.

Do you have any recommendations for strengthening the connection between your readers and your writing? Any tips, tricks or tutorials you find useful? Sharing is caring, and caring creates community. I’d love for you to be a part of my #writerscommunity!!!


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  1. LOVE this post! I to want to be that writer that leaves readers craving for more, who have such a connection with my characters that they don’t want it to be “The End.” My only tip is to write what you love and to be invested in the characters you write (and yes even the villains) if you don’t care, it comes across to readers, and then it is just a book to add to Goodwill. Thanks for sharing this sweets! ❤

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  2. I agree with you, that if you want your books to be memorable, there has to be an emotional connection for the reader with your characters. That’s certainly true for me, as a reader, and as a writer, something I strive for as well.

    I’ve read a lot of books on craft from nuts and bolts to philosophical and each adds a new level to honing your craft – but I’d have to say that Chuck Palahnuick’s essays did more for me in this regard than any other material I’ve ever read. Highly recommend.


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    1. Thanks, Annie, I’ll definitely check out his essays. I’m enjoying the ‘tutorial’ books on writing I’ve been reading much more than I expected. I really appreciate the recommendation and look forward to reading what Mr. Palahnuick has to say!

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