“And even though it all went wrong
I’ll stand before the Lord of Song
With nothing on my tongue but Hallelujah”
– Leonard Cohen
Readers don’t want to read about happy people, about safe people, about perfect people who can be grateful for everything they have without the effort because they have never known suffering. Readers don’t want to read this. They want to read about sad people, scared people, broken people who are faced with all the refuse life throws at them but still find a way to be grateful for what they have. Readers want to read about people who find the broken hallelujah – the moment when, despite everything, they prevail. That is what people want to read. Safe people are boring, they are unrealistic, they are unrellatable. As writers and authors, it is our duty and our privedge to kidnap a reader from their safe, comfortable lives and plunge them into the darkest depths of despair along with our characters. Readers want to feel; they want emotion; they want evidence that we can become greater than the sum of our pasts.