Hi, my name's Jean and I'm a chocoholic. It's been, ten minutes since my last bite of chocolate. :-) Egads, it's been ten minutes since I've had chocolate! Well...it's not that bad really, but I do like chocolate.
What's this got to do with writing? Just that one of the things well known by my friends is I enjoy chocolate. What do your characters enjoy? What is their passion? When your character has a really, really, really bad day in fiction land, what do they turn to? Some form of alcohol, ice cream or other comfort food, a hot bubble bath or a trip to the gym to work out some frustrations?
Showing the reader this bit of information gives depth to your character and helps them connect. We want our reader to connect, to become part of the story. We want our readers to relate to the characters we write about.
And when they do, it's a good thing.
**Update: This came to my email a few minutes ago and I just had to share with the rest of you chocoholics. I haven't tried them but they sound yummy.
Double Chocolate Brownies
2/3 cup all-purpose flour
2/3 cup sugar
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa
1/4 cup (1/2 stick) butter, melted
2 tablespoons water
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/3 cup egg substitute
1/4 cup fat-free hot fudge sauce, warmed
1.Preheat oven to 350°F. Coat an 8-inch square baking dish with cooking spray.
2.In a large bowl, combine all ingredients except fudge sauce; mix well then spread half the batter in prepared baking dish. Top with hot fudge sauce then spread remaining batter over sauce.
3.Bake 25 to 30 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool completely then cut into squares and serve.