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