Here is a link to the story’s first two chapters:
This time we will look at the aspects I raised in the following post:
Here are the aspects I try to include when creating an emotional bond with readers:
- Physical need – A common handicap, illness, or negative environment
- Emotional issue – A need or desire that most have felt
- A purpose – A goal that most would find praiseworthy
- Urgency – The goal must be gained soon
- Obstacles – Barriers that readers would identify with
- Vulnerability – A soft spot to exploit
- Sacrifice – Character performs a sacrificial act to overcome obstacles
Physical need – For Megan, it’s a negative environment. Most of the other crew members are hostile toward her or at least think she shouldn’t be there.
Emotional issue – Megan has been torn from her parents, and she wants to find them.
A purpose – Megan hopes to prove herself, to show that she can do her job and is of value to the ship.
Urgency – Megan knows if she can’t prove herself right away, she won’t be able to stay on the ship.
Obstacles – Megan’s youth, gender, and size provide plenty of obstacles
Vulnerability – She is sensitive to being thought of as a pirate, a thief. She wants people to trust her.
Sacrifice – She risks danger to repair the ship and to keep Dirk from being sucked out into space.
In order to raise the urgency stakes, I might add the captain or one of the crew members saying that Megan should be sent to the orphan camp if she doesn’t do a better job. Also, her sacrificial acts will likely continue occurring with more and more risks to her own safety and comfort.
Any thoughts on these emotional-bond creators? Do you want to share how you have implemented these or other bond creators in your stories?
Categories: Story Development