The Psychology of Writing: 5 Ways to make your Characters “Click” with Readers using Vulnerability, Proximity, Resonance, Similarity, and Shared Adversity
At some point in your life, you’ve experienced magic.
It might have appeared as a sudden spark of unexplainable creativity, the lyrics of a deeply moving poem, the chemistry between two individuals meeting for the first time, the notes of a concert, the dedicated synchronization of a routine, the innovative strokes of an artist’s brush…
An overwhelming sense of connection bound you in the moment. You felt inspired, thrilled, advanced, even enlightened. You feel nostalgic each time emotions of this memory are triggered by a sound, a word, an image, a touch, or a smell. The experience of this moment cannot be put any other way: it is pure magic.
As writers, we strive to create this inexplicable magic through words, with the ultimate goal of connecting with our readers. In giving our readers this sensation of “magic,” we instill a feeling of nostalgia within them that they will carry for the rest of their lives.
In this article, I’ll be discussing a unique, psychological-based approach to creating this connection, built on collected research from noted organizational expert and psychologist Ori & Rom Brafman. Read on to learn five ways in which you can make your book and characters “click” with your readers.
Hey guys. The adjustment went well. Aside from a tight little spot of pain on the outside of the wrist and the regular pressure in the knuckles, the wrist and elbow are feeling fairly good. My butt up to my mid-back, however, is feeling like absolute hell.
Dr. Brian does a full body check whenever he makes an adjustment and he always starts with the feet and legs. Apparently my right hip was really out of joint. So, he spent five minutes pounding on my butt and twisting my right leg out and up to get it back into place. I took it like an adult, meaning there was much squealing and giggling involved - I giggle when in bad pain. So, like, what… pain makes me happy? Shouldn’t it be another person’s pain that brings me joy, not my own?
Anyway, then there was pounding on the back, neck, various head twists, pressure point digging into the palm, and thrusts against my collarbone while I stood against a wall to unlock my shoulders and drop them down to regular levels. Whew, I was quite a mess this time.
While I know I’ll be feeling much better in a day or so, for now I’m sore, exhausted, and stuck with a bruised butt. *laughs* So I’m going to read for a few hours. Mainly I want to allow the adjustments to set before I do something that might throw things out of whack again. Hopefully I can get to inking later this afternoon. We’ll see.
Afraid I need to stop here for the night. I’ll be going in for an adjustment tomorrow morning, so should be able to finish the page sometime Saturday - my hand’s usually pretty useless the day of an adjustment. The sketch with words will go live on the site tonight at midnight.
Sorry for the delay, guys.
In today’s comic…
Jinx: “He’s acting as bait?”
Max: “I get to destroy things?”
It’s all in how you look at it. All I know is, I got to draw horses. It’s always a good time when there are horsies.
I realized late last night that I’d left the highlights off of Jinx’s hair. Had to fix that this morning. Trouble is, that little bit of touch-up was… problematic. We may have the sketch only for tomorrow’s update with the finished version coming after I can, hopefully, get the wrist and shoulder readjusted this weekend. I’m hoping that won’t be the case, but we’ll have to see.
If you enjoy what I do, please help me out by spreading the word to others. Or, maybe, leave a comment. I’d really appreciate the encouragement. Thanks guys!
Q:Art question. How did you make that sunset effect on the latest page? Whenever I try to do anything like that, I have to resort to multiple layers and gradients in a Photoshop program.
Oh man, I use so many layers. It’s embarrassing. Here’s all the layers for today’s page - usually I flatten some of them down so the file isn’t as big, but I was sore when I finished yesterday so… didn’t bother.
I’ve been playing with different ways to do the lighting lately. So far having a layer between the foreground and mid-ground and another between the mid-ground and background that I fill with a solid color has worked well. I use a yellow for sunlight and a blue for night. Areas with heavy trees and leaves like a deep forest would maybe get a green color? I haven’t had a chance to try that yet.
The level of haze I want determines how opaque I leave the layer. I usually set the layer between the foreground and mid-ground at 10% opacity and the one between the mid-ground and background anywhere from 10% to 40%.
This time I wanted a little more haze in the background, so I added a third layer of solid color with part of the sky and ground cut away - this way the color would mostly be on the buildings, helping them look like they’re faded and further back. At least, that was the idea anyway. I’m still experimenting.
Q:your wrist still bothers you? i thought that got better.
Yeah, it’s still being a bear. Usually it’s somewhat under control, but when I push things or do something stupid, like play with the markers apparently, it flares up again.
Basically it’s mild carpal tunnel mixed with some odd nerve blockage up in my neck/shoulder area that causes this strange stiff, swelling feeling in the knuckles, inability to fully close my hand, and sharp pain from my palm up through the elbow and into the neck. Annoying and unfortunately it sounds like something that will be with me for life.
Regular adjustments and this odd pressure point technique the doc uses helps relieve some of the discomfort. I just don’t like having to go in for that because the pressure point technique hurts and leaves my hand twitchy for a day.
But, I’m not dropping things anymore!