Have you ever read a book that had strong characters, a great plot, and unexpected twists and turns, but you still felt ambivalent about it? You know, that resounding meh when you read the last page and closed the back cover? It’s quite possible that the author failed to fuse an emotional connection with you through his or her writing.
Now before anyone gets upset, please note this well-known saying:
“You can please some of the people all of the time, you can please all of the people some of the time, but you can’t please all of the people all of the time.”
― John Lydgate
What that means is, as an author, it is impossible to expect to make an emotional connect with every reader out there. However, there are ways to get the most emotional bang for your buck without manipulating your readers with clichés and stale writing tropes.
I don’t get to read as many articles on writing craft as I’d like these days, what with running a business and editing all the live long day. 🙂 But when I do find a moment to recharge, I’m always pleased to find a wonderful article or two written by people with a greater talent than mine, and I have to share.
If you haven’t read Martha Alderson’s article “How to Fuse an Emotional Connection with Your Reader” on her Plot Whisperer blog, do it today! Alderson covers the basics of personality traits, emotions and flaws, and then goes on to discuss how to use them to transform your characters while on their emotional journey. And she does it all showing how the emotions should look in the beginning, middle and at the end of the book.
So visit her blog and read this wonderful article. You won’t be sorry!
Now… go write something!