Engaging Your Readers

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Doesn’t the man in the photo above look engaged in what he is reading? As a reader, don’t you want a book to draw you into its story like that? As a writer, don’t you want your book to draw readers into your story that deeply?

So, what is it about a book that draws readers in so deeply they can’t put it down; so deeply they feel like one of the characters in the story; so deeply they literally sit on the edge or their seat; so deeply tears slide down their cheeks; or so deeply they hear no one speaking around them?

There are several things that can draw a reader into a book and keep them there and we’ll take a look at them in this post.

First, let’s talk about the character driven and plot driven stories. Most readers are either fans of character driven stories or of plot driven stories. What’s the difference?

Character driven stories have very strong and well developed main characters. The story is written in Deep POV, which we’ll talk about later, but this puts the reader deep in the head of one or two main characters. These stories are the ones that engage readers who get very involved in the lives of the characters and who want to know all about the characters’ lives. There has to be an interesting plot involved as well, but these readers just love great characters.

Plot driven stories have a strong plot line with lots of action and conflict. They may also include suspense. These stories also have a fairly fast pace. Plot driven novels appeal to the readers who love to get caught up in the lives, problems, conflicts, and resolution of the story. These readers are like the people at amusement parks who can’t ride the roller coasters often enough. They want the heart-pounding or heart-stopping action. Again, the characters also matter and must hold the readers’ attention as well, but these readers are all about the ride.

Okay, now what is Deep POV?

Well, Deep POV is how to put your readers into the heads of one or two main characters and keep them there throughout the entire novel. This is what makes readers feel the feels of your characters. This is what makes readers laugh, flinch, ache, and cry with your characters.

When a writer lets the reader into just one or two person’s heads and digs so deeply into those person’s heads that the reader’s awareness joins with the awareness of these characters, that’s Deep POV.

In a story written in Deep POV, the reader doesn’t just read about a soldier in battle or a woman dancing in the arms of her one true love–the reader becomes a soldier in battle or a woman dancing in the arms of her one true love.

Decades ago, writers wrote from a godlike perspective, knowing everything and seeing inside every character’s head and heart. But writers in the 20th century discovered Deep POV and found that writing from a Deep POV perspective, causes readers to mentally become the main character (or two main characters) and really feel as though they are involved in the story, not simply reading about the characters’ lives.

So, determining whether you want to create a character driven story or a plot driven story is one step to creating a story that will engage your readers. The second step is writing in Deep POV. These two things can really affect the sales of your book. If you include these ways of engaging your readers, readers will love and remember your stories and be excited about telling their friends about your books because the books won’t just be stories but experiences.

Author: kellyfbarr

I became an avid reader as soon as I learned how to read, and as I read, I became fascinated with the idea of one day becoming a published writer. I have written interview articles for a magazine. I write articles for the Almost an Author website. I also write for my own blog and for the Hope, Hearts, & Heroes blog which is a blog by several authors. My first novel should be out before the end of 2021.

4 thoughts on “Engaging Your Readers”

  1. I appreciated how simply you explained things making character-driven, plot-driven, and deep POV easy to understand. Well done! Thank you.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Thank you Chris! I’m glad you found it easy to understand. My goal is always to offer good writing tips in a way that writers will understand and be able to put into practice. 🙂


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