Four Tips To Give Readers Take Away Value – Have You Left Your Readers Milk And Cookies?


So, I just realized that I posted part two yesterday without posting part one. Talk about holiday crazies…LOl! Enjoy. 

The age old tradition of leaving cookies for Santa Claus on Christmas Eve hoping to butter him up for more presents is a delight for my kids. Not to mention me and my husband who get the joy of baking the cookies and eating them after the kids go to bed.

In our house we don’t spend a ton of time on Santa Claus. Our focus is mostly the birth of Christ, but there are a few things that we enjoy that come from the Santa Claus side of traditions as well.

Somehow kids just understand the value of leaving something special for Santa, after all, he is giving them something.

Have you left your readers milk and cookies?

In other words, have you given your novel take away value for your reader? Do they get something out of it? Readers enjoy a great story, but they also enjoy coming away with new knowledge or perspective of the world. As writers we need to give them something that they won’t forget.

Four Tips To Give Readers Take Away Value:

1. Give them knowledge. Readers love to learn about new places, times in history, crimes, occupations, etc. Ask yourself, when your reader is done reading your book will they know something that might not have known before? 

2. Give them emotional insight. Understanding others is an important part of our world. Give your readers insight into a person and how they deal with life in an insightful way, so readers have a better idea of how to interact in their world.

3. Give them inspiration. Readers love to be inspired by characters that do what the reader has always longed to do. I learned this tip from Susan May Warren. Characters who speak and act with courage inspire our readers to be themselves and take courage.

4. Give them a new world view. By watching your character change throughout the story and the truth revealed to them, it should help your readers to face or see their world in a different way.

Of course a story is entertaining and fun, but leave your reader with milk and cookies, too!

What other types of milk and cookies can we leave our readers? Or did you ever leave milk and cookies for Santa?


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.

4 thoughts on “Four Tips To Give Readers Take Away Value – Have You Left Your Readers Milk And Cookies?

  1. Hi Michelle,
    I love how you tie in Christmas traditions with writing a novel. Ahh, those were the days when we left gifts for Santa. We don’t leave the milk and cookies anymore as our kiddos are too old. But I like how you link this to our writing. It helps me remember why I write.
    Have a great writerly day!
    PS. I laughed about the post mix-up. Sounds like something I would do. It’s a hectic time, isn’t it?

    • Michelle Lim says:

      I love Christmas, so somehow blending the two things I write seems so perfect. Glad you are inspired today. And yes, so like me to make mix ups at this point in the Christmas wrapping process…LOL!

  2. jeannemt says:

    Michelle, I love these ideas for giving readers something to take away, and I love the milk and cookies analogy. 🙂 Great tie in. I hope that my story will give readers hope when things look impossible. Sometimes hope comes with changes in ourselves, which is what happens with my characters. 🙂

    Have a very Merry Christmas!

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