Purposefully Capturing a Reluctant Reader

By Jessica Greyson

Into caring about the details of your world

I’ll be the first person to admit it. I am not the best at worldbuilding, I am much better at what I call world painting. My first published book Annabeth’s War has a lack of description. I’ll be honest. I did it on purpose. Why?

There are several uses and reasons to worldbuild or not to worldbuild. CapturingReluctantReader_post

In Annabeth’s War, I chose not to specifically worldbuild, and describe deeply. Why? I wanted the reader’s imagination to take control of the situation. I wanted them to paint the canvas of Annabeth’s War for themselves. I put in the emotions I wanted the readers to understand, but the rest was up to them. They could read as a spectator, or they could step into the shoes of Annabeth and Ransom and make the world their own. The choice was up to them.

However, many people need more guidance:  they want to be told a story, and that is where purposeful worldbuilding or painting comes in.

Personally I don’t like too much worldbuilding as a reader.

Why?

Because far, far too often the characters didn’t care.

For me as a reader and writer, worldbuilding must be purposeful; it must have meaning. I don’t know how many times I’ve skipped description in a book because I felt they had no meaning and were mere words that clogged the story from the plot and inhibited the story’s building drama. Why are you describing the sunset to me, if it’s a mere fact of life? As a reader I see no purpose for the description of sun putting itself to sleep behind the ridge of mountains, no matter how prettily put. [Read more…]

4 Ways To Overcome Writer’s Block

By Jessica Greyson

 

Facing writers block can be one of the most difficult things that you face as a writer. It can creep up on us, or blindside us like a brick wall. But no matter how it comes upon you, it leaves you feeling like you’re stranded on a deserted island with only a pile of driftwood to make your escape, so here are some tips and tricks to build a successful escape back into the writing world.

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Ask Questions

 

Take a moment to step back from your writing; maybe go back to the roots of what inspired you to start this project in the first place. Sometimes rekindling the first steps of the “romance” with this story will bring that passion for writing back and you’ll go back to your writing feeling renewed.

 

Ask questions about the scene you are writing.

  • Is it moving the story forward?
  • Does it need to be in there for the story to move forward, or is it a filler scene?
  • Are you enjoying this scene? If you aren’t enjoying it, your reader probably won’t either.
  • Is it from the right POV? Could this possibly better through a different set of eyes? Consider who has the most to lose or gain in the scene. If there isn’t much to lose or gain, your character isn’t going to be as invested, which affects the writer and which will eventually affect your reader.
  • Why? Sometimes those three little letters can be very effective.
  • Interview your character. Taking time out to really deeply analyze your character at this moment can sometimes bring out details you weren’t picking up before.

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