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How to connect with a reader?

Help the reader find what they are looking for?

vintage-1836813_1280It is impossible to write a story that will meet the expectations of all readers of all ages. Expectations vary as much as genre.  Mystery readers look for puzzles and justice. Other readers look to fall in love again, spy on foreign powers, fly through space or run with the elves.

To play fair, make sure the essence of your book is on the cover–in the artwork and the blurb. Give the reader a chance to dive in or move on early.

As a reader, I need it to be organic

It may start with a recommendation, the book blurb or the cover, but  when I read the first sentence I need to feel something–anything. Many times it’s curiosity that prompts me to read the first paragraph, and if I make it to chapter three I either feel a connection or I put the book down.

Making Connections

If the main character shares some of the same organic/visceral reactions or emotions with the reader, they’ll connect.

Our job as writers is to convey the emotions the human race have in common. It can be as simple as the frustration of waiting in line, or as visceral as a missing child. It’s these raw emotions that draw a reader in.

For example, everyone has been driven to frustration once in their life. Placing a character in a situation that makes them frustrated is relatable. What the reader doesn’t know is what your character is going to do about it. The reader may be surprised, disappointed or embarrassed. It doesn’t matter. What does is the fact they reacted.

If a story makes me laugh, I enjoy the characters, or like in the Harry Potter vintage-1849411_1280series—I love the world, I know I’ll be back for more. It might be the next chapter or the next book. Some books are a lovely place to vacation.

What do you look for in a book? Wouldn’t your reader be looking for the same thing?

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Why Buffy the Vampire Slayer?

It’s been a long time since the first time I watched Buffy, not the movie, the TV series. I recently started to watch the series again and I had forgotten how great the show was.

It may have started out as young adult–true love between vampire and slayer. I could see the honest appeal, but when I started watching Buffy I wasn’t a teen. I was a grown woman raising a child on her own.

The characters were amazing. Let me help you recall some of them. Of course Buffy always fell for the good, bad guys like Angel, and Spike. Xander fell for a praying mantis teacher, a life sucking mummy, the went for a long romance with Cordelia (what a nightmare that was), and eventually wanted to marry an ex-demon named Anya. Willow was the most stable falling for the Oz the werewolf and then Buffy the Vampire Slayer CoverTara the witch.

I loved them all.

The big bads were pretty fun too. First year it was the Master, the next Angleous, later the mayor of Sunnydale, and Glory. There’s more but those are my favorites.

The characters were good but the magic was in the simple fact the audience knew everything — secrets, desires, fears — when most of the characters did not. So when Buffy went to face the Master even when she knew she was going to die, we held our breaths and died a little too. We knew how afraid she was and how brave.

It’s moments like that I’d like to learn to capture on the page. I’ve read about inner and outer conflict, and what it can to do enhance the read. It can change mediocre to powerful.

Have you watched anything lately that amazed you? Tell me about it, so I can check it out too.