One Minute Lesson: Meet the Readers’ Expectations, Not the Characters’

Don’t bother more about meeting your characters’ expectations than your readers’.

Readers want more conflict, off-the-walls tension, and high stakes – whatever those may be for your specific protagonist. Your character is going to have to go through significant trials and tribulations in order to make the journey worthwhile to read.

Don’t go easy on the good guy/gal, but also don’t forget to reward him/her if and when (s)he reaches milestones. Readers subconsciously crave somewhat of a balance between risks and rewards; remember to cater to that craving.

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