Thursday, June 21, 2007

Can you write more like a reader?

Pamela said you need to enjoy reading more to enjoy writing more. She told us to read for inspiration. If you admire an author and their writing, copy a couple of pages of their work and take it apart to find out how they did it.

When you read you forget the words. You enter the fictional dream. You don’t read on unless the dream is continuous and vivid. You have in your mind’s eye what you want to write about and the film is running in your head. What you feel, hear, touch, the clothes you are wearing, the sensation on your skin. Know these physical clues and work the scene. Pamela said, if you put your energy into getting all the senses right the words come easier.

The story produced is like growing crystals. You have to be there. Being there is writing what you see, hear and feel. An image or idea can be developed. Your unconscious will join them up. Work with your unconscious and accept the ideas do not come in the right order. Ask, what does the reader really want out of this scene? By seeing you can lead the reader into the fictional dream.

4 comments:

Jude said...

Thanks for the tips Anita

Anita Marion Loughrey said...

Hi Jude,
Most of the tips were actually Pamela Johnson's advice at the SCBWI Prefessional Series, Novel Masterclass.
However, I find it does help me to write down the ideas after the event as I tend to assimulate them more.
Anyway, how are things with you? it would be great to meet up again sometime.
Anita

Jude said...

I am looking forward to the holidays - maybe we can meet up then. Would be good to see you and catch up.

Anita Marion Loughrey said...

Great idea!
Maybe we could meet in Reading?
Anita xxx