If you played along all week, you know that I was riffing on the age old conundrum of boy meets girl, loses her, and then gets her back again. I took that little sliver of time between loss and retrieval and I tried to get into the mindset, sort of, of the guy.
So the first thing I was trying to point out is: There are multiple ways to tell the exact same story. Our stories don’t really change- but the way they are written does.
I did learn a hard lesson though. Word choice is extremely important, When I titled my pieces I used the word “part” when I should have used “version”. To some, this might not mean much, but it was enough of a mistake to confuse many a reader. If writers don’t use the right words, the reader can’t figure out what the piece is about.
- Does the description of the chair add to the story or take away?
- Repetitive use of the word splat- I know one reader thought this took her out, but another reader liked it. This is a style choice. Does the repetition give you a feeling of the type of story or character?
- Were you upset that you only learned his height? Did you want to know what he looked like?
- What guesses did you make about the man? I know one person thought him a narcissist…
- What did using alcohol as a way to describe moods say about this character?
- Would you have preferred brand names- like, if I said Miller High Life, would it have been different in your mind than me saying Guinness?
- What guesses did you make about this person?
- Did doing this is text format make you think this person was of a certain age?
- If it did remind you of someone younger, do you feel it is an age thing or a generation thing? Will everyone be speaking like this is twenty years?
Omniscient (was this really omniscient? 2nd person?)https://wakinguponthewrongsideof50.com/2021/10/07/and-now-for-something-completely-different-part-four/
- Was this style of story telling too impersonal for this type of story?
As I gave you very little, how much of your own imagination came into play when you read the snippets? How much does the reader bring to a story versus what a writer brings to a story? After reading the scotch one, a reader wondered why the guy thought of alcohol first when he was considering a solution, and if there was a greater issue there. I admit, I hadn’t thought of that when I was writing the piece. I knew I was doing first person and I was trying to be clever and different than the chair piece. But if this was a work in progress, I might make alcohol a bigger issue. But I guess my question is, are all details relevant in a story, or are some things just flavor?
How carefully does an author choose details? Is the mark of how good an author is determined by which details they choose and how they are presented?
What assumptions did you make when reading the different pieces?
Socio economic status?
What type of book do you think these would be in? Rom com? Literary fiction? Women’s fiction?
I guess I want to know, as a reader, what you garnered from what was written this past week. I wrote a blog a few months ago about writing for readers versus writing for writers, and based on the comments of that post, I was inspired try this experiment this week. I’m trying to figure out what a readers expectations are… This is where my analyst side tries to interfere with my literary side…. trying to quantify the steps of reading and writing. Thank you for playing along with me!!
How do we read what writers write?
Comment on anything that you want!! I’m listening and learning!!