Gather around once again for a little time at the Fireside. It is shaping up to be a beautiful day, do I see any hands in the air for offers to trim and cut the grass... I am waiting.
Well the Fireside is a place to rest so I will get the yard work this time around. You just kick back and enjoy yourself and I hope this offering provides you with a little insight in connecting with your readers.
May your day be filled with many blessings and much love... passing along many loving hugs to all. Rest here and take the time you need as the Fireside is always open... free hugs are always available.
Still missing Quigley and it will be a long while, it is a journey for certain being without her. Our home is a very quiet home for the time being.
Writing What You See
I think we all attempt to write what we feel through our characters and yet desire to allow our readers to feel for themselves. It is good for the reader to sense what a scene may involve as it engages them while they read the words you have penned. I have followed like many of you some great writers who are masters at their craft. I have been reading the Outlander series by Diana Galbaldon and I have come to appreciate her style. In the audio series she has a great narrater named by Davina Porter. Davina is a pro at bringing Diana's words to life. Yet another is James Patterson and of course there are many other great authors out there we can draw from and learn from.
What do you see in this picture, how could you make this picture come alive to the reader who can only see words? I see unleashed and unharnessed power. I see the power and strength of nature making me feel very small in the realm of my finite mind. I see the magic mosaic erosion has caused, it is a tapestry of beauty no man can recreate with his hands. It is alive, bursting with energy, it is truly amazing.
Write what you feel
First and foremost I do not claim to be a literary expert by any means. I am just some dude who likes to put pen to paper or in this case watch the words form from my ramblings on my screen as my two fingers beat them out.
I could write a scene for you of this picture but that is where you come into play. I challenge you to write it for yourselves. Let the picture speak to you, this is Athabasca Falls a few hours away from me here in Alberta and it always holds me spellbound when I stand before it.
As you stand before this image conjure up what your feelings are at the moment. What could you say that would take the reader standing right beside you into the scene. How could you have the reader step into the story with you.
Make them feel the mist coming off the roaring falls on their faces. The slight breeze caused by the swirling glacier water sends a chill through them. The constant roar causes vibrations coming up through the soles of their feet up through their entire body. Let the earth move through them and feel the power. Send that shiver through them standing on the precipice looking down make them dizzy and unstable just as you are. Can you feel it... ? Do you feel the awe of the picture, now let it flow through your words.
Involve all the senses
Bring all the senses into your words, let the reader hear the roar, feel the power, smell the fresh fragrance of the pine needles, taste the moisture on their lips. Close your eyes occasionally and walk your mind through all that is around you, then write it out.
Write from experience, write from the heart. Bring the reader into your world, gently coax them into where you are in the scene, engage them and wake up their feelings, bring the feelings and all the senses into play.
After the Scene
Bring the reader to that point of reaching for your characters excitement and experience. You can do anything you want with your words with these pictures. Let your mind conjure up the scene of choice you write. Remember you as the writer have the licence to create what ever you like.
Would the villain or the good guy survive slipping and falling into this abyss, maybe either of them or hanging by a small Juniper bush with its roots barely attached in the crevice of the rocks. Here is one for you... the main character finds a sweet young lady hanging off that same small bush. Can he rescue her, does he have what it takes to save her from certain death.
One key to writing is to write, let the words pour out of you. Forget about proper grammer and punctuation, or spelling, just write. There will be plenty of time later to edit, just get your feelings out before you lose them. Do not be hindered in your creativity with rules and what people may think. You are right smack dab in the middle of this important scene. Do not leave it to go back and put that period in place or answer that call as your scene will fall flat.
Compare what and how you are writing to running a race. You are first out of the blocks, you are halfway through race, you turn and see your opponents far behind. Take your mind off the race for a moment and all you have is the dust of the runners ahead of you, stay focused. All else can wait until you have the race or the scene complete.
Write while you write and do so in what ever person or role you are writing from. 1st, 2nd or 3rd person. Keep in mind that your reader will always assume the role of their choice. They will form their own love/hate relationship with the characters you create. Let them worry about where they fit. Your job is to create and create you will...
If I may I will toss out a challenge to you the reader. Place yourself in this picture and setting, now comes the challenge. Start with the tapestry, where are you standing, what do you see and feel, tell us about your senses. What the heck, save the girl if you like. Make us all feel what is happening at that very moment. Come now do not be shy, no one here will judge you. We all do this every day. If you have suggestions, please by all means share them... above all else please do say hello and know that you are loved and appreciated...
Hugs attached as always...
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