Why do people write?! They want to convince, entertain, help, get something off of their chest, etc. So what has been found to be ONE if not THE MAIN quality in being successful in accomplishing their goals?
EMPATHY!!!! The people reading, watching have to LIKE the character or theme or situation. The QUALITY of the writing or film or TV or whatever the source is important but the SUBJECT/OBJECT play a major part in the success!
EXAMPLES: Recently the TV show POSE was on and then CLAWS followed. I thought POSE was sensational BUT after watching the “trailers” for CLAWS dismissed it totally. GENIUS, season one was about Einstein ( GREAT production, subject, etc. I raved over it!). GENIUS, season two was about Picasso (I watched 4 episodes and quit! Same great quality of production, despicable character!!!). The movie, Winters Bone (Black and White filming), subject was sad but the character was so “lovable” that I wanted to keep watching to find out what happened to her! The HUNGER GAMES (Books and Movies)! I CARED about the characters and wanted to know what happened to them!
WRITERS! If you want to be read, understood and effective make the reader or watcher of your work LIKE the narrator who is telling the story. Make the reader/watcher CARE about the story line…………..otherwise you’ll lose them after they figure out they don’t LIKE or CARE about any of it!