Thursday, August 13, 2009

Recipe for writing

In one of my posts I asked, "So far I've only seen feelings and ideas in the world. Will I be able to create worlds out of feelings and ideas?"

Now I realize even more clearly that this is how people write. There are concepts behind the stuff of every day life. Emotions and opinions trigger our deeds and words, they are the gist of the story. But one can't give them away just like that, that would be too obvious. First pick an emotion, a thought that moves you. Then work outwards, create a world out of that concept. Serve it to the reader and let them explore and think for themselves, let them recognize the gist, the truth. Let them unwrap the story. Because true joy lies in discovery. You just tell the reader to "look!" but don't tell them what it is they should see.

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