Thursday, September 5, 2013

Letting Go: A New Guest Blog at Reviews by Jessewave

Today, I'm blogging at Reviews by JesseWave about the way readers figure so vitally into bringing a book to life.

Here's how the column starts out:

It takes two to tango. And it takes at least two to make a book. Just like a play needs an audience to fully come alive, a book needs a reader for precisely the same reason. 

One thing I have to constantly remind myself as a writer is that, once I have written the words, ‘the end’ to a story is that I must let go. As much as I labored over the book, dreamed about it, had conversations with myself about it, agonized over word choice, character hair color, continuity, repetitive words and phrasing, the time comes when the book meets the public which signals that it’s time for me to step aside.

A book is a conspiracy between a reader and a writer. The reader has to bring it to life through his or her imagination. The wonderful thing about that whole process is that my story can become so many different stories when filtered through each reader’s unique frame of reference. I have no doubt that no matter the care I take in describing characters and setting, each reader sees them differently because each of them come to the table with different experiences, biases, and memories. All of those things have a bearing on the triggers my words pull in a reader’s mind.

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1 comment:

  1. Not fair, the teaser on Amazon (BASHED) was so good. Getting ready to start reading the ebook!!! :-)

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