Tuesday, August 16, 2011
Emotional Connections - Not Just for the Bachelorette
In five minutes, not once has he asked a question about you. Not once has he tried to connect with you. There was that first alluring glance, but it was all in the toilet after that.
Sadly, we’ve all met someone like this man. But we, as smart, caring women wouldn’t dare be “that person” to anyone else… would we?
I hate to say it, but there are a lot of writers out there (I’m guilty! I’m guilty!) who treat our readers just like the guy on the park bench treated you. Writers (that’s me!) who say nothing at the beginning of a chapter, at the beginning of an article, at the beginning of a poem, to help the readers feel connected to us or our story.
Oh, we talk about ourselves or our characters plenty. But there’s no common emotion to bring the reader into our world.
And to be honest… it makes our readers feel a little used.
So I challenge you – let's start our stories in places where the reader can emotionally relate. No dry monologues, please. Let's ask ourselves, What could I say that would make the reader relate to the character emotionally?
As for the answer to that question, I defer to you lovely ladies. It’s time to pitch your ideas. What makes you want to keep up a friendship, even if the guy isn’t hot?
What are some ways you're trying to connect through your story?
B.J. Hamrick writes for you and for teens at http://www.realteenfaith.com/
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