When you write a short story, or a novel, you’re trying to give your readers an experience. You want to involve them so deeply, that they’re there, right in your story.
I’ve found Lisa Cron’s Wired for Story hugely valuable in my own writing, and I commend it to you.
Lisa’s just written a wonderful article, Writer Unboxed » 6 Ways to Make Sure Your Reader’s Brain Syncs with Your Protagonist’s Brain, which will help you to create experiences for your readers:
“We go into every situation with specific expectations.
YOU: When you walk into your office in the morning, whether it’s a corner suite, a teeny tiny cubicle or, like me, a laptop on your kitchen table, you always have expectations. You expect your boss will be pleased with the report you slaved all weekend to finish; you expect your cubicle-mate to reek of that wretched aftershave he mistakenly thinks is a chick magnet; you expect that the dirty dishes you left on your ‘desk’ last night will still be there.”
Tip: take your time, create several drafts — have FUN with this
You can’t type your story… you need to write it, and that means multiple drafts. Firstly you involve yourself, you give yourself the experience, and then you involve your reader.
My favorite essay on writing, is by (no surprise) Stephen King. I read his IMAGERY AND THE THIRD EYE well over 30 years ago, in Writer’s Digest magazine, if memory serves:
Our eyes convey images to our brains; if we are to convey images to our readers, then we must see with a kind of third eye — the eye of imagination and memory. Writers who describe poorly or not at all see poorly with this eye; others open it, but not all the way.
Lisa and Stephen King reveal the secrets of creating experiences for your readers. Read these two wonderful articles: you — and your readers — will benefit.
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