What kind of emotion do you want to elicit in your readers? How do your favorite books make you feel? How do you want your readers to feel as they read your book?
What kind of emotion do you want to elicit in your readers?
This is a very good question and (admittedly) is one I haven’t thought of before. In general, I guess I would want my readers to identify with my characters so much that they feel what they feel. If my character is sad, I want the reader to feel sad with them. If the character is happy, angry, jealous, etc, I want the reader to feel that emotion.
I want my characters to be so well rounded that readers will be able to identify with any type of emotion my characters are going through.
How do your favorite books make you feel?
When I have read a book that I have really enjoyed, the ending is bittersweet. On the one hand, I am happy and feel really good because I enjoyed the story so much that the book itself (and everything in it) has become a dear friend. But on the other hand, I am sad because the wonderful journey I have taken, the characters I have met, are now gone, their stories wrapped up in a conclusion.
How do you want your readers to feel as they read your book?
Refer to the first question.