I have been reading many writing craft books where the writing instructors speak about getting the readers emotionally involved or invested in, both the main character and the story, right from the first page.
The theory is that the faster a reader’s emotions
are invested in both the main character and the story, the more tuned in they
will be, the more eager they will be to turn the pages and know what is
happening to the main character and the story.
I have noticed that this theory has lots of truth in
it. Every book that has the problem that the main character faces right in
chapter one eg: Will Katniss be chosen for the Hunger Games, which faction will
Beatrice choose in Divergent, will Sara and her mother be able to leave Sara’s
brute of a father and start a new life, will Sadie and Carter be able to save
the world from Apophis (snake) in The Serpent’s Shadow, ensures complete and undivided reader
attention. Atleast these books made me read them from start to finish.
Most writing craft books I have read talk about
grabbing the readers’ emotions as soon as possible, and one way of doing that
is by ensuring that the main character has the readers’ sympathy. If that has
been done then the readers will read on to know what will happen next in the
In a nutshell the advice we are getting is that we
should push the problems our protagonists face in the story, right into the
first chapter to snag reader interest. No hanging around till the middle of the
book for it to happen, because by then the reader may have lost interest in the
What’s your take on this? Do you believe in this
theory? Have you followed this in your own books? Do you agree with this logic?
Please share your views?
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