It’s the ultimate challenge.
It’s the writer’s equivalent of the quest for the Holy Grail.
What is it?
Creating characters that leap off the page and live on in the mind of readers long after the last page of your book has been turned.
If you want to write a book that goes beyond providing a few hours entertainment to the reader and you want to create a book that helps transform their lives, it starts with creating transformational characters that will deliver a message that allows readers to see their own life in a new way or to see the world around them from a new perspective.
Here are the steps I use to create transformational characters.
A writer faces a computer screen.
What do they write?
Do they tap into some life experience they have had? We don’t all lead interesting lives… or do we?
We might think we need to be born with a life filled with regular incredible happenings, one adventure after another, to find ideas for writing, but that’s not true.
Speaking to people who published their own work online, I have heard the same thing over and over again: writing the book was easy, promoting it was the hard part.
Who could blame them for feeling that way? The internet is an amazing tool, but it is large on a scale we can’t really comprehend. It is only accessible to a portion of the world’s population, and yet billions of people are thought to be using the web.
When you have something so large, filled with so many people, how can you manage to stand out? Much less to become a successful self published author based on that platform. It seems impossible, or at the very least a monumental task that explains why so many people are still reluctant to go that route.
Ten years of writing experience have given me Paranoia.
Don’t worry – I’m talking about my first novel, not my mental state!
It’s been quite an experience, and I’ve learned a lot of useful stuff along the way.
If you’re just getting started writing your novel, here are my top tips:
That’s the noise of your beloved novel hitting the floor.
After all those hours of work, all those carefully-chosen phrases, all that inspiration you poured into its pages, the reader never got beyond Page 1.
Because you didn’t have a killer first sentence. You lost their attention right away.