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Chocolate Charm. Do Your Characters Have It?
There is something amazing about chocolate. It draws us in with aromas, rich flavor memories, and finger licking temptation.
How about your characters? Do they leave your readers wanting more after the first scene? Maybe we can take a few tips from chocolate.
Tips For Giving Your Characters Chocolate Charm:
*Make us care about them from the beginning. The goal in the scene should be something we all care about very early on.
*Add full sensory details to the scene that draw us in as if we were there. Putting a reader right in the heart of the scene. Let them feel what the character feels.
*Show a likable trait. Imagine you are meeting someone for the first time. What things do you notice? What makes you like someone right away.
*Build stakes that we care about. If your character has a goal, but there is nothing at stake, the reader doesn’t care about them.
*Give your character something a reader can relate to. Put them in a situation or give them a thought the reader might have had before.
*Give the reader and character something in common. It can be small or big, but having the character love coffee, or chocolate, or drive a beater car just like some of us do.
*Make the character intelligent. Okay, of course this isn’t required, but if you have your character doing something completely stupid in the reader might get annoyed and disengage, unless of course this is something we have all done ourselves before.
The first scene with a character is vital for your reader to get interested and stay interested in your story. What do you do to give your characters Chocolate Charm?
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