If you want your readers to root for your lead character, you need to do something early on to make sure that you’ve earned that. Without a character to root for, your story has nothing going for it.
Your readers need to identify with someone early, and if your characters are generally unlikable, even if you may think they’re interesting, it simply isn’t enough to sustain a story.
- Write strong dialogue that shows how witty or charming your character is.
- Or use action, showing a selfless act early on in the story to establish them as a positive force.