Tips For Connecting Your Characters With Readers In Scene One

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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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About Michelle Lim

Author Michelle Lim is the Brainstorming/Huddle Coach with My Book Therapy Press and the Midwest Zone Director for American Christian Fiction Writers. Michelle’s romantic suspense is represented by Karen Solem of Spencillhill Associates and has gained contest recognition in the Frasier, the Genesis, and the Phoenix Rattler, winning the Genesis in 2015 for her genre. Michelle writes devotionals for The Christian Pulse Online Magazine and Putting On The New. Since her nonfiction book release, Idea Sparking: How To Brainstorm Conflict In Your Novel, through public speaking and online chats Michelle helps writers discover the revolutionary power of brainstorming to bring new life to their stories.

11 thoughts on “Tips For Connecting Your Characters With Readers In Scene One

  1. You are so totally right, Michelle. Those first few chapters are so important. And a ‘save the dog’ moment doesn’t hurt.

  2. jackielayton says:

    Oh, I like that. My newest story involves a vet and of course he’s going to save the heroine’s dog.

    Michelle, I always learn so much for you. Thanks!

  3. dtopliff says:

    I’m one of those unusual people not crazy about chocolate–but your photo is gorgeous. Now coffee…that’s a different matter. Coffee keeps readers awake, and so does using these good tips.

  4. Melissa Tagg says:

    Great tips and post, Michelle!

    I tend to write pretty feisty heroines…so one thing I try to do right away in my first scene is also show the heroines soft side–her fear, maybe a teensy glimpse of her dark moment from her past, especially a glimpse of the dream of her heart.

  5. Michelle Lim says:

    I love fiesyt heroines in a story. You are so right about that piece of the character journey, Very important,Melissa.

  6. First scenes are so important. I love your “chocolate charm” term. 🙂

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