CONNECT TO YOUR AUDIENCEA Lesson by Domenic Luciani
this'll be a short one.
When you read a story, you like to feel for the character's; be shocked when they do something unexpected, and cringe when they step in dog crap . . . maybe not that last one, but still.
There is no almighty, all-encompassing way for you grab your reader and slap him in his figurative face. All you need is a slight change of word choice.
Make analogies that address the reader personally. For example, "to his pleasure, he found in his daquerri adorned with one of those mini-umbrellas you find in fancy drinks."
By simply adding the word 'you' you are adressing the reader directly, and they will notice that you are aware of their presence.
Also, limiting your use of possessives in your story, usually in a first person narrative, you can allow the reader to explore your world without needing the main character constantly there. It's like a couple that sees each other way too often. You gotta take a break every once in a while.
"I left for the store in my car. When my house was nothing but a shape in my rearview mirror, I looked back at the road and continued on my way."
"I left for the store in the jeep. When the house was nothing but a shape in the rearview mirror, My gaze turned back to the road as the car sped along it."
Not the best example but you get the idea.
Added on August 24, 2010
Last Updated on August 24, 2010
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