A charming graphic can trigger a flood of memories. For example, who do you think of when you look at this graphic?

When I showed it to my friend, Jeff Herring, he thought of the song, Lady in Red by Chris de Burgh.

Another friend, Jesse-Melva Johnson, thought of Lauren Bacall and Lois Lane. Sunita Pandit and Linda Halladay both thought of a lady detective from the 1930s and 1940s.

My first thought was Ingrid Bergman in Casablanca. Like Sunita and Linda, I thought of a lady detective, but my memory was the Dick Tracy comic strip.

What memories do these graphics trigger?

While not identical, these images remind me of the chance cards in Monopoly.

The beautiful thing about these questions is there are no wrong answers. The memories these graphics triggered are as unique as the individuals viewing them. That’s a BIG reason to include charming graphics in your stories.

Even if your memories are different than mine, that’s okay. My goal was to get you to click on this story. I also hope you’ll look at graphics differently.

Choose graphics that complement the words you are writing. The synergy of the two will engage your audience.

It’s true that you can’t judge a book by its cover. However, if the cover is boring or worse yet, like a thousand other covers, how many people will give your book a chance?

Daily Doable: Don’t allow the graphics you select for your stories to be an afterthought. Put some thought into how you package your content. They will stop the scroll and grab your reader’s attention.

Bonus cool thing…

I didn’t draw these graphics. I typed them! Yes, these graphics were created with 1-click on my keyboard.

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