Ten Ways to Create Character Empathy | Christian Writers Guild

At the Writing for the Soul conference, one of my six fiction classes will focus on creating immediate character empathy — in your novel’s first chapter.’

Why create empathy?
Because even in a plot-driven story, characters are everything.


The most intriguing plot will fail if a reader doesn’t care about your characters. Most of these methods work best when combined with at least one other. (In the Writing for the Soul class, I’ll go into more detail about each.)

 Readers will empathize if the character is:

1. Clearly displaying a valued trait …

By Brandilyn Collins