There are some kinds of junk food that just speak to you on the grocery shelf. You know, Oreos, Ben & Jerry’s, Popcorn, Licorice… The list goes on and on, but no matter how many times we fill up our carts with the cause of our next dental visit, we come back for more.
Why? Scientists would tell you that they cause the release of the happy endorphins in the brain. They say they can even be addicting.
Yup! I imagine addiction would explain the rush for boxes of chocolates on Valentines Day and the raid of my refrigerator at 1 a.m. when I’m trying to write.
Have you ever gotten in your car to go to the store because you just really needed a chocolate or caffeine fix? Yep. Me too.
Amazingly enough there is something to be learned about writing from junk food cravings. After all, have you ever seen news coverage of people camped outside a bookstore for the release of a brand new novel?
That author found a way to make their reader’s crave their books. If I knew all of those secrets, well, I’d be wealthy, but I have picked up a few as I read bestsellers.
How To Create A Craving In Your Readers:
*Study the bestsellers in your genre. Make a list of commonalities between them. Genre readers have favorite things. For example, creating a home with very little to work with or a craft type theme are popular in romance novels.
*Make the reader care about the community or secondary characters that are the POV characters in the next book. A great example of this is Dee Henderson’s O’Malley Series.
*Develop unpredictable plot that surprises your readers.
*Groom your voice by journaling or free writing frequently enough that your voice grows in strength. It is your unique signature that draws readers to your novel.
*Create lovable characters. In Beth Vogt’s Wish You Were Here we love the heroine.
*Learn to create beautiful visual imagery that takes us right to the scene. A great example of this is Lakeside Reunion by Lisa Jordan.
*Learn how to structure and build your character’s journey in a novel. You can find lots of resources to help with this at My Book Therapy.
*Create a satisfying ending. This is huge! If you make them go aww and give them a happy take away moment, readers will love it. Work on the ending until it has an impact on the reader. Try it out on other writer/readers to see if there is an impact.
*Do not try to imitate other writer’s voices. Just read and take notes on things that stand out. This allows you to study the writing and build the powerful pieces into your own writing in your own voice.
What great books make you anxious for the author’s next novel?