I ran across a great article the other day HERE.
It mentions a bunch of cool things but a particular idea caught my attention. It's the SO WHAT factor.
From the post:
"It's easy to confuse concept with plot, and that's not it. Because that leaves out something that Lisa Cron's recent book WIRED FOR STORY calls the "'so what?' factor." She goes on to explain that the "so what?" factor is what clues a reader in on the point of the story, the relevance of everything that happens in it, what the story is about."
Basically, why should we care? Empathy is SO important in books. I think empathy and curiosity are the two biggest things that will keep a reader turning pages.
If you've got a WIP, check out your first page and ask yourself if it piques curiosity or empathy.
Think of a book you couldn't put down. What kept you reading? How can you work that "So What" relevance into your WIP?
FYI Love On The Range is on sale at Amazon for only $3.77 today!! (cheaper than the e-book)