HOW TO MAKE SURE THAT YOUR CHARACTER IS SOMEONE OF INTEREST
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This post will go along with the likeabilitypost from earlier this week. What I’ve found with a lot of people’s work is that their world is cool, their elements are cool, and the plot points are cool, but the main character is just not so cool.
This can be rather disappointing because the reader will continue to enjoy your work, until they truly get to know your character inside and out, at which point the reader may be turned away from the work after having invested several hours. This to me is worse than if a reader puts your book down on page one. Why? Continue reading →
Tricking the reader is a bad game to play. For instance, having a character pretend not to know that someone is the killer, only to find out that she knew who did it the entire time is wrong. That’s not the kind of trickery that I’m referring to.
What I’m describing is keeping something hidden from the reader, while maintaining your legitimate narrative perspective. Here’s an example. Continue reading →