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What Makes a Story Memorable?

Question: What makes a story memorable?

The best stories connect with readers on a visceral level. They transport us to another time and place and put us in a different “skin,” where we face challenges we may never know in life. And yet, the commonality of the story problem draws us onward and, in solving it vicariously through the protagonist, changes us.

Another feature of a memorable story is characters that live off the page. One of the highest compliments I’ve ever received for my novel DawnSinger came when one reader told me she thought about my story constantly in between reading sessions. She entitled her Amazon  review for DawnSingerActually, It Should Be Ten Stars.  How do you create this type of engagement with your story?

What Makes a Story Memorable | Live Write BreatheTo fully flesh in all elements of your story, employ an amazing resource that comes to you absolutely free. Harness the power of imagination. After all, how can you expect readers to be swept away by your story if you, yourself are not?

As Emily Dickinson, said so well: 
There is no frigate like a book
To take us lands away,
Nor any coursers like a page
Of prancing poetry.
This traverse may the poorest take
Without oppress of toll;
How frugal is the chariot
That bears a human soul!

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I’m Janalyn Voigt, an author, speaker, and former social media mentor. DawnSinger and Wayfarer, the first two books in my epic fantasy series, Tales of Faeraven, released with Pelican Book Group and will be followed by at least two more installments. I’m also working on a romantic suspense novel set in an Irish castle, but then historical fiction has a grip on me too. Being unabashedly multi-genre makes me into what some might term a reluctant rebel, but I prefer to think of myself as a storyteller.

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