1. Make character creation easy: use an emotional adjective plus a noun to create your characters
Your readers’ emotional connection to your characters starts with you: create characters by choosing an emotional adjective, plus a noun. To get you started thinking about emotions, here’s a list of emotional tones and feelings.
- A jealous fashion designer
- A disgruntled detective
- A secretive CEO
Creating a “jealous” fashion designer gives you many more options when you’re developing a character, than if you chose just “fashion designer” as one of your characters. It also intrigues the reader.
(In today’s Facebook writing tip, I posted a tip about the importance of intriguing your readers in the first third of your novel.)