Long-Term Value

There are stories you want to read over and over again and then there are stories you read once, enjoy for a moment, and then forget about.  Do you know what makes the difference for your readers?

For me, the characters make all the difference.  Whether it’s a comedy, a romance, a fantasy, or an adventure, the drama the characters experience is what captivates me time and again.  I want to feel what they feel, I want to care about what happens to them, I want to identify with their struggles.  A good mystery, an exciting turn, a curious event—they all make for page-turning motivation; the first time around.  If it’s good enough, I may read the story a second time to see even better how the writer brought it about.  But, for that lasting appeal, that time and again devotion, it’s the people who matter.

If you want your stories to have long-term value, you can’t be afraid to reveal your own humanity through your characters.  Bear your heart, show your weaknesses, dramatize your own knowledge of what it means to be human.  After all, we all are.  That’s what we hold most in common.  If you can capture that for your readers, you can tell a story that will really last.

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About Stephanie Allen Crist

Stephanie created and produces ComeSootheYourAchingSoul.com in answer to a call from God to use her experiences and gifts to help others. Stephanie is also the author of www.StephanieAllenCrist.com and two books that can be found on that site. Stephanie strives to share her love, faith, and talents in an inclusive manner to help others who know spiritual pain and who know the bitter taste of the dregs of despair.
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2 Responses to Long-Term Value

  1. acflory says:

    Maybe it’s all part and parcel of integrity in writing.

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