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Thank You For Following Fellow Readers and Writers

Thank You For Following Fellow Readers and Writers

Since I started this blog to date, I have 80 blog followers, 95 facebook viewers, and over 500 views on my blog. It hit me just how powerful the spoken and written word has become. I thank you for your time and for reading my thoughts and advice on reading and writing thus far. Words are only words until you see the affect and effect it has on others that surround you and take interest in what it is that you have to say. So once again, Thank You and keep reading and writing people of the world. May my words travel with you.

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Writers and Readers Live Many Lives

Writers and Readers Live Many Lives

Writers do write to taste life twice. In many ways, readers and writers alike both read and write books to jump into the story, see it through the eyes of the main character, and experience his/her adventure with them as if we are really there and his/her world is as tangible as our own realities.

When readers read books that have compelling story lines, real world situations, and characters with emotions that the readers can identify with. All books are written with this purpose in mind, that the stories readers choose to pick up are really fantasy worlds and have alternative lives that the readers themselves entertain to be their own worlds as they read.

Writers read books such as those too. Writers read them because they know that these are the books their readers want to read. These are the books that are going to show them, with the power of critical thinking and analyzing, how they need to write characters, plots, story lines, emotional build up, realism, themes, and how to relate to their readers. Everything is a learning lesson, especially in life and in books. The whole purpose of writing books is to share and teach readers life lessons. We aim to enrich their minds with the knowledge, ideas, and insights that we have within our own minds, because when we write our characters and our characters worlds and realities, we write with the readers in mind.  The abilities that we have as writers is that we can pull all of this information about our characters, where they come from, where they are now, and their journeys to get to where they have to go, and mentally, visually take it out of our minds and imprint it into our readers minds, so that way they, themselves, can see, hear, touch, taste, and smell everything happening in the book as we do, with a sense of realism and honesty etched into every word on the page.

So, yes, writers do write to taste life twice, and often times way more than just twice. Readers do this as well. They read to put themselves into others’ shoes, situations, and minds. We all grow as individuals, readers, and writers by what we read. We grow along with the stories and the characters. They are friends that are eternally emblazoned into our minds; memories of lifetimes we have lived.

Elements of A Good Story

 

There are many elements that combined can make a good story. By good story, I mean a story that can pull a reader into the world weaved with believable characters and a dynamic plot and hold the reader there until the end of the story.

The first aspect that helps to make a good story is point of view. The perspective that a story is told through can either reveal an interesting, relatable story or an unreliable one. The point of view, the eyes through which a story is narrated, has to be done through a character who is central to the storyline and plot. Someone who’s right in the middle of the action and can relay important information.

Setting is also an important aspect of a story. The setting is the time and place in which a story is told. If someone’s going to write a story that they want to effectively convey a real visual in his or her readers’ minds he or she must write the setting with the right amount of description and have good word choice to really bring the world of the story to life. There doesn’t need to be an overload of description to make a setting believable. Describing the setting immediately around the character and the action happening with suffice to paint a vivid picture in the readers’ minds.

Scene choice and dialogue are essential parts of a story that make it a reader delve into the story or pull out and put the book down without a second thought. Major scenes need to be written that flow from one main point or step in the path and journey of the story. Minor scenes need to be written to calm the flow of a story so there isn’t one big arc or action right after another. This gives the reader time to breath and reflect on how the story is progressing thus far and where the story is heading. Dialogue doesn’t need to be used on every page or even in every scene. Dialogue in a good story should move the story forward, not take away or disrupt the flow of the storyline. When writing dialogue, it should be written as if these are real people communicating and the words they speak should realistic. Dialogue that has nothing to do with the plot or the character’s emotions should be omitted because they pull the readers out of the story and disrupt the action flow.

Plot and conflict are important to a good story because without them the story would have no real point and would be just a mess of words without logic or order. Conflict is the very essence of a story because it’s the difficulty or challenge presented for the characters to deal with and overcome. There has to be conflict, a beginning, a middle, and an end to any story to make it compelling enough for the readers to stay with it throughout the entire story.

Tone of voice sets the mood for the story because if there’s no real tone of voice the story becomes dull and boring. The characters won’t be as appealing or interesting as they could’ve been. In order to convey tone of voice in a story to make it worth reading, there needs to be emotion. The tone sets up the build for emotion, so does tension. The suspense and anticipation mixed with the mindset and tone of voice of the characters in any given situation moves the story forward and keeps the readers guessing what will happen next.

Lastly, but not least important, is the characters themselves. Characters that are dynamic, honest, believable, relatable, and overall well-rounded drive the story and the plot entirely. It is through the characters that the readers see the world and experience the action and unravel the mysteries with. Readers need to be able to get into the characters’ minds and wholeheartedly invest their time in.

The point of view, setting, description, word choice, dialogue, scenes, conflict, tone of voice, plot, and characters are the key elements that make a believable and good story.