How To Add Wonder To Your Novel


Photo by Kevin Lafferty

This week’s snowfall on the coast brought a dash of unexpected wonder to the National Zoo, when Panda Tien Tien experienced snow for one of the first times. Check this out:

The adorable Panda enjoying the wonder of record snowfall hit high ratings on Google and Twitter.

Why? Because we all love the wonder of something new. If you incorporate wonder into your novel, it will bring readers enjoyment throughout the whole novel.

How To Add Wonder To Your Novel:

  1. Identify and add what is new for your reader. The unique things in your novel that intrigue readers in general, or specific to your genre have the opportunity to add wonder to your novel. I remember reading Abomination by Colleen Coble and being fascinated by geocaching which was new to me. That added wonder.
  2. Identify and add what is new for your character. The wonder of falling in love for the first time is something many of us remember. Just like the panda in the clip above, something new can add a special wonder for those who experience it with your character.
  3. Find sources of those “awww” moments and showcase them. There are some characters that draw out the adorable sighs in your readers. Children, babies, pets, and romance have the ability to flip-flop our sighs like no other. Showcase these moments in sparing sprinkles to add just the right amount of wonder.

What has added wonder to a book you’ve read?


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.

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