How To Give Your Reader Take Away Part 2 – A Bit Of Knowledge Goes To Take Away

1408534_50137107Kids count down the days till Christmas, waiting for dawn on Christmas day to charge down the stairs and begin shaking presents.

They are hoping that someone bought something from their wish list. Something they will enjoy for months to come.

Readers are the same way. They want to take something away with them that will last even after they have finished reading the story.

Let’s take a deeper look at Knowledge.

Take Away Knowledge Opportunities:

The following examples give you some ideas on how to include new knowledge in your stories. Many readers love to come away with a greater understanding of the world and their relationships with others. It is a double win if a writer is able to incorporate these into their stories.  (BTW, these are all favorites of mine and make for a great read. No one asked me to promote their work, in fact they may be surprised to find themselves here.)

Here are some great examples of reader knowledge take away in fiction:

New Career-A career that puts the character directly into their story, but allows for a unique spin or knowledge base to be explored.

Dani Pettrey’s Captured:


New Life Challenges – Your characters facing new challenges like empty nest, cancer, death of a spouse, a child addicted to meth, etc. These are topics that help all of us to know more about. Cancer of a child is part of the heart warming story:

Lisa Jordan’s  Lakeside Family:

Lakeside Family

The one man she never wanted to see again is the only who can save her daughter’s life.

In the space of a minute, Nick Brennan learns he has a nine-year-old daughter— and that she desperately needs his help. All this time, his high school sweetheart, single mother Josie Peretti, thought he knew about their child. And that he just didn’t care. About the ill little girl—or Josie, the woman he’s never forgotten. But Nick made a long-ago promise never to forsake his family the way his father did. A promise he vows to make good on now… if only Josie will bless him with a second chance.



New Place- To do this you can either have the story set in a new place or weave knowledge of a new place into the story. An story with an amazing twist:

Tricia Goyer and Mike Yorkey’s The Swiss Courier


Different Time In History- Revealing a time in history from a different angle or rich detail draws readers. A wonderful example of this type of take away can be found in Christy Award Winner Julie Klassen.

Julie Klassen‘s The Tutor’s Daughter


New Trend- This may follow a new crime trend or a cultural craze at the time. One such example is geocaching  featured in one of my favorite books.

Colleen Coble’s Abomination


New Understanding of Relationships- There are a few different favorites in this category. Two of which are:

Cynthia Ruchti’s They Almost Always Come Home


Susan May Warren’s The Shadow of Your Smile:


New Understanding of Yourself- Some stories just make you more aware about what you think, or something’s impact your life.

Beth K. Vogt’s Wish You Were Here

Rachel Hauck’s The Wedding Dress


What great book examples can you think of that give the reader a knowledge take away?


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.

6 thoughts on “How To Give Your Reader Take Away Part 2 – A Bit Of Knowledge Goes To Take Away

  1. dtopliff says:

    Wow, great examples and gorgeous opening graphic–I can almost smell the evergreen tree. Thanks!

  2. Thanks for mentioning They Almost Always Come Home, Michelle! This is an interesting take on takeaway! So valuable!

  3. jackielayton says:

    What a fun post.
    Robin Jones Gunn made me long to go to Hawaii and Europe. Actually, I still long to visit those places.
    Merry Christmas!

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