Writing Aurally And Visually

Having developed your watching and listening skills, it can nevertheless be quite difficult to set them down on paper. More often than not, a phrase that sounded wonderful in your head looks dull and lifeless when it hits the page.

Later in the book, we will be looking at ways of bringing your writing to life and obtaining that vital ingredient, reader identification. You will learn how to stimulate the reader's senses so that they identify with the people being portrayed, see and hear the sights and sounds you are attempting to convey.

Long descriptive passages, no matter how beautifully written, can be very dull without dialogue, action or interaction to liven them up. People enjoy reading about people, so even the most factual non-fiction article can be enriched by the inclusion of a brief interview with an acknowledged expert or a comment from someone involved in the featured topic.

For fiction, too, there is no better way to convey setting, atmosphere, sights, sounds and scents than through the reactions of your characters.

Whatever genre you choose, be sure you know the true meaning of each word you use, consulting your dictionary and thesaurus whenever you are unsure about the spelling or context of a word or phrase.

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