Tags, markers, labels, traits. The craft masters have a lot of words for the details that help readers identify and distinguish the characters in a story.
Here are 6 character aspects that you can mine for tags and 5 ways to put those tags to work. Continue reading
Forging the Reader-Character Bond. It’s easier than you might think, and the results are well worth the effort. Especially if you can dig deep and come up with ways to demonstrate sympathy, jeopardy, etc. that are tailor-made for your specific character, in his specific story world. Continue reading
As Steven James says, “If readers don’t care about your protagonist, they won’t care about your story.”
This readers caring about your protagonist business is known as the reader-character bond, character likability, and character identification. If you want your readers to care about your story enough to finish it, then you’ve got to know how to forge this bond. Here are 9 ways to do so. Continue reading