Thursday, August 26, 2010

Show the reader...

Good writing is supposed to evoke sensation in the reader – not the fact that it is raining, but the feeling of being rained upon. ~~ E.L. Doctorow
Much is said about showing versus telling. This quote gives a great example of the concept. Don't tell someone it's raining, make them feel rained upon.

So often in my editing of manuscripts, showing versus telling is the one thing authors miss and is the one thing that keeps the novel from coming to life. The reader doesn't want to peer into the story. Instead, make the reader feel as if they are part of the story, living and breathing it. Use all the senses. Let your reader see, feel, smell, taste and hear the story, and you'll have one happy reader.