Write well. Write often. Edit wisely.
Include anticipation in your stories to keep readers turning pages and involved with possible outcomes for your characters.
A reminder to layer on the emotional hits so the reader will feel them. Use knockout lines or zingers when that works for a scene, but don’t be hesitant about pushing, about hitting the emotional button again and again.
Use celebrations and holidays in your stories to make characters real, to tap into emotional moments in a character’s life.
Unfamiliar situations and places can be disconcerting for any of us. But the unfamiliar and stressful can be great for creating character unease and increasing tension.
Characters who don’t react are cold and distant, and their lack of reaction keeps readers at a distance. Engage readers by using character reaction to stir readers’ emotions.
We know that to engage readers, our fiction should touch them emotionally. But how do we guarantee that our writing touches readers on an emotional level? We use techniques that produce emotional responses.
Emotions pull readers into the story faster than most anything else a writer could try. They are instant connection points. Think of emotions as tentacles reaching to the reader and tying him to your tale. Wrap him tightly, so tightly that he must stay with you until the end.