My hubby is the polar opposite. Put him in a room full of techno gadgets and don’t expect him to come up for air for at least a week.
Have an event full of people and I’m there in a heartbeat. My husband? He will be somewhere playing on his cell phone hoping to look seriously busy.
We all have things we care about including our readers. If our readers don’t care about our characters they will put our book down with little more than a blink of an eye.
How can you make your readers care about your characters?
*Know Your Audience. I wouldn’t try to promote new car parts to a room full of interior design majors. There might be some who are interested, but overall you could watch the eyes glass over. Know what your audience likes and cares about.
*Build Character Empathy. Create a likable character with struggles the reader can relate to. This makes them want to cheer for that character to succeed.
*Give The Character A Nobel Cause. If our character is fighting for a cause our readers can believe in, then they will care that our character succeeds.
*Give The Character Something To Lose. If our character has nothing to lose, our readers really won’t care how things turn out for them. Give them something to lose that our readers would never want to lose themselves.
*Make Your Character Do And Say The Things You’ve Always Wanted To Do Or Say. I learned this tip from Susan May Warren during her Story Crafters Retreat a few years back. Readers like to live vicariously through characters sometimes, so let them be everything your reader wanted to be or do themselves.