Any time we go through something, the danger of falling into self pity comes when we think; “nobody knows the troubles I’ve seen…”
When I receive a fiction submission containing three well written sample chapters, I request and read the full manuscript before considering representation of the writer. Why? Because the first three chapters have often been polished to perfection, but the real skill comes in how they present the rest of their story. Is it believable? Will the reader enjoy it? Does it have a satisfactory ending? These are all questions I ask myself as I complete my read through.
I remind writers often, that readers are selfish. As a reader, I am selfish. I enjoy wondering what I would do if I found myself in the characters situation.
When a character faces great loss of any kind, the character becomes relatable. Be it the loss of a spouse, a parent or a child; most readers can now relate. It can even be the loss of a job, or their home through a fire or flood. Tragedy is universal. If it has not happened to the reader personally, it has happened to someone close to them.
Fiction writer, consider having your reader experience the loss of something dear, and then show us how they move on through life in a believable way.
Writing loss into your story is a great fiction tool.
Have any of you fiction authors, used loss to strengthen the relatability of your character? Or Have you used loss to showcase redemption taking place?