by Sofie Couch
Every once in a while, I need to be reminded about my goal in writing a story. Okay, I know WHY I'm writing the story. It's because I care... about something. A character, a situation, a setting, etc. But I often forget that my goal, is to make the reader care too.
So this morning, when I was looking for some Monday morning inspiration, I ran across this Ted Talk, "How to Tell a Story". In it, speaker and storyteller, Andrew Stanton, reminds us why we read a story and the author's goal.
And that was what drew me in about my latest book club's book of the month, Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline. Honestly, I was afraid, (based on the title and cover art) that this was going to be a little depressing. I mean, honestly, a train full of orphans being sent across the country to find new homes? That's some serious potential for depression. But almost immediately I was struck by the author's ability to tell a story and to make me care. It's actually a story about optimism.
There you have it. I have nothing more to offer you than to say, "make your reader care" and in order to do that, you (storyteller) have to care. So go out and write something - and care about it - and make me care about it.