Brilliant post on how to write with such passionate conviction that your reader is sucked into a blissful vortex….I read so many books that don’t leave me with anything, sorry to say. In the end, for me at least, its not just glossy technique, but my engagement with the characters that matters….and most of all, since I write Spiritual Fiction, to me it is critical that my reader is enriched by the time s/he gets to the end of the book…as well as inspired to carry on, hopefully imbued by the wisdom of the east that I saturate my work with. Thank you so much for this, Michelle Goodhew, and Chris Graham, who led me to it.
Take a moment, close your eyes, and recall a story that truly engaged you as a reader – one whose world and characters became completely real for you. Got one?
Now, take off your reader hat and don your analytical writer hat to think about what makes that story so captivating. What writing techniques did the author use to bring the story to life? Was it the wrenching appeal to your emotions, the vivid and brutal action scenes, or the high stakes facing a character? Mastering these and other storytelling methods is the key to writing your own engaging tale.
Just as a lion is the product of all the zebras it has eaten, a writer is the product of all the books he or she has read. Reading the works of skilled writers is a fabulous way to hone your craft and learn how to effectively…
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