The Quote for the week is:
Why do you keep reading a book? Usually to find out what happens. Why do you give up and stop reading it? There may be lots of reasons. But often the answer is you don’t care what happens. So what makes the difference between caring and not caring? The author’s cruelty. And the reader’s sympathy … it takes a mean author to write a good story. ~ Gail Carson Levine
This quote is a really big point that a starting author should remember. If your reader doesn’t have something to connect to, guess what? Your book will be shut and never opened again.
In addition to a good main character (or group of characters), you need a good story: You need some problems that your main character(s) get stuck in. Something that they struggle through. Something that tears them down and forces them to build themselves up better than before to succeed.
Make sure your reader cares about your character, and most importantly, what happens to them. Remember to put those characters into some bad situations ^^
Talk to you soon,