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Now that you created compelling characters, you need to actually write the characters compellingly.

It’s like planning a rich flavorful moist four-chocolate cake with velvety smooth icing; the whole joining of spongey chocolate cake, warmly melted chocolate inside, and cool silky chocolate icing making your mouth water at the mere thought of it. It doesn’t matter how great you made the plans for that cake if you cannot deliver it via a plate to that waiting guests’ mouth without it falling flat, dry, and bland.

No amount of outlining and character profiling can automatically make those characters pop. Even the best storyline does not alone breathe life into them in the paragraphs of the story. And, trying to explain how to write compellingly is not like listing ideas for your character profiles, showing you types of character arcs, or giving tips on choosing character names.

To write compellingly is to write the characters and story well. It is honing your writing craft, practicing and practicing and practicing. Studying the writing of others who write well. Always working to improve your writing skills and work better.

How do you write compellingly? Captivate your reader. Make it resonate with them. Compel them to keep reading. Make them feel what your characters feel, the same love, hate, and pain. Drive them to yearning for your characters; needing those characters to fail or succeed as though their own life story depends upon it.

Well, it’s bloody hard for many writers. It doesn’t just come naturally. Even writers who have written for years can struggle with it. After years of writing, always working to improve my own writing, I too ask myself if I can write better, and consciously strive to write compellingly. Editing and revising, plotting against characters, keeping notes like some wicked conspirator, and planning in my head even as I write by the seat of my own pants. Going back and changing scenes, chapters, characters, and my outline that I create as I write to keep track of everything.

Each scene is the hook for the next one. The final chapter scene needs to make the reader crave to turn to that next chapter. They are unsettled until they find out what happens next. That is writing compellingly.

Your characters need to captivate the audience. Connect with them and challenge them to see the world through their hearts and eyes.

Conflict makes the reader love and hate your character. Love and hate for your character.

Conquer your character, your reader, their hopes and dreams, but let there be that light of hope on the horizon. Your character and reader can do this together if they just try hard enough. Together.

And when you wrap it all up, leave your reader feeling like they just had a bit of a thrill ride. In my case, it’s an unsettling too slowly rattling ride through the dark creaking haunted house that isn’t all wiggling strips of plastic and worn out animatronics whose dilapidated state is hidden in shadows, smoke, flashing lights, and poor soundtracks of shrieking ghouls, maniacal laughter, and softly dying souls.

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