Character Sympathy

Character Sympathy

by Jordan McCollum

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Character Sympathy by Jordan McCollum


Often we think of sympathetic characters as those we love or envy or pity, but character sympathy runs deeper than simply liking or feeling sorry for a character. Sympathy in this sense is truly feeling what the character feels, worrying over the same things he worries about, and wanting him to succeed against all odds. If we can get our readers to fully sympathize and identify with our character, our readers will enjoy that journey with our character and then clamor for more.


* Learn what events, actions and characteristics create true sympathy for a character.
* Engineer your character's motivations and goals to maximize their sympathy.
* Avoid clichéd methods for creating reader identification.
* Foster sympathy for heroes, antiheroes, villains and everyone in between.
* Observe and analyze master storytellers' techniques to create character sympathy.

Character sympathy isn't automatic or easy, but it's necessary for readable fiction. Applying these principles can strengthen any story and any character.

Hook your readers with a character they can really root for!

Product Details

BN ID: 2940149196722
Publisher: Durham Crest Books
Publication date: 04/01/2014
Series: Writing Craft Series , #2
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 127
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

An award-winning fiction author, Jordan McCollum enjoys teaching through writing conferences, on her writing craft blog at, and in her Writing Craft series. She has previously served as the Education Director of Authors Incognito (an online writers’ support group with over four hundred members). On the fiction side, she is the author of the romantic suspense novels I, Spy and Spy for a Spy, both of which were named among the five finalists for the 2013 Whitney Awards. She makes her home in Utah with her husband and their four children.

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