Today musing on all the techniques you can use to make readers care about a character. You can show the character:
- being resourceful
- being brave
- being clever (not the same as merely resourceful btw)
- doing a good deed ("save the cat")
- being unfairly treated (“kill the cat”)
- standing up against unfairness or injustice
- doing something we can relate to – especially if funny, but can be as simple as cleaning teeth, having breakfast, if made into an interesting “bit of business”
- being in a relationship we can connect with
- in a situation we recognize – hot/cold, needing a pee, late for a meeting, etc.
- being interesting – this is how an audaciously badly-behaved, rude or even evil character can be made very compelling: what will they do next?
…& what DOESN'T work:
Making them merely strong or lucky. (Although boys of a certain age do grok power fantasies.)