This is the next part of RIPTIDE. Sorry it’s taken me so long to update. I got caught up in my paper for school.

Earlier today, I had a friend ask me what insight was in writing. Well, I’m here to answer that question.

Insight can mean several things in writing. Your characters can get insight into themselves, your readers can get insight into something of value in themselves, or your readers can identify with your characters as both happen together.

This is something that was huge when I was younger. I read a lot of books (obviously), and many times could identify with the characters. The authors had made the characters believable enough that I was able to see myself in them. This probably the most important thing you can do while writing. When the characters went through hard times, I could empathize with them. And when I went through hard times, I was able to tell myself if [insert name of character here] can go through [insert trial here] and come out on top, then so can I.

My mother tried many times to tell me that they were only characters and the story was completely unbelievable, and while I knew that, it didn’t matter. Identifying with the characters from the books I was reading was helping me be a better person and get through things that I believe I couldn’t have done without those characters.

This is what I mean by insight. If you can have strong enough characters and make their trials and hardships believable and relatable, your readers will enjoy your book that much more, just like I always did.

About Jae Randall

I am a writer, a certified Medical Assistant, EMT, and Firefighter. I was diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder in 2011. I have written 5 books and am working on writing my 6th, outlining my 7th, and beating out my 8th. I hope to have all three written by the end of 2013.

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