Welcome to Voices of Fiction.
We continue with our discussion of how to get the reader involved in the story.
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Children’s Picture Book author, Clara Bowman-Jahn, of “Annie’s Special Day” is living the life of her dreams an hour at a time. - Website, Etreasures
Welcome Authors! It's wonderful to have you back.
This week's question: How do you get your readers involved in the story?
Cara Marsi: The main idea is to get the readers involved. I try to give them characters they can relate to and care about. I try to write in a fast-paced way that keeps the readers turning the pages.
Liz Crowe: I take a solid plot, craft intriguing, realistic characters including secondary ones because I like nice, layered stories, and add a twist or 2.
Terry W. Ervin II: I guess I don’t worry about getting readers involved in a story. I work to tell the best story I can in the most effective manner I can and let reader involvement work itself out. Trying to manipulate reader attention or emotion is certain to be fraught with pitfalls. That’s a can of worms I don’t care to open.
Clara Bowman-Jahn: It depends on the marketing. If I am at a story telling event it is easier. I just read the book with lots of questions interspersed and talk to the kids as I read it. Otherwise I depend on parents who read it to their child. I also have a craft we do on some occasions of making a clock and talking about numbers. It just depends on the age of the children.
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