Monday, October 28, 2013

Transitions via Spooktoberfest

By M. J. Joachim

Today is the last day to enter Jackie and Dani’s Spooktoberfest blog hop. I had a wonderful time crafting my flash fiction entry for this event. One of the things I did was pop up my dictionary/thesaurus app to find the best descriptive words for my story. 

Writers often get into a habit of using the same old, comfortable words and phrases in their writing. While this adds to familiarity and clarity, it can also cause writing to become mundane and non-descriptive in a negative sort of way.

Using the proper tools enables us to expand our writing experience. It has the ability to ease us into transitions. Each paragraph in our work should be able to stand alone, while leading our audience toward something bigger and more intense. 

Think of it like climbing a mountain. The journey up begins slowly, drawing you more and more toward the peak, where you will experience the ultimate thrill. Perhaps it is a vast valley below, or maybe it is a panorama of more and more mountain peaks to climb. 

As you climb, your legs begin to grow weary, but you’re too invested and excited to stop. Then you reach the top, catch your breath and race toward the finish, or next chapter, as the case may be in manuscripts. Your adrenalin kicks into overdrive. You catch your breath, taking a moment to absorb all that you’ve experienced. Then you descend toward the valley below, either to embrace the final destination or to climb another mountain. 

Stories, regardless of length, transition smoothly from one phase to the next, capturing their readers with intensity, breaths of fresh air and a heart-stopping finale, leaving them satisfied and fulfilled. The task of writers is to manage expectations, create unforeseen experiences and tell a story that will long be remembered, well past the initial reading or experience of the audience who reads them. 

Thank you for visiting Writing Tips. I hope you’ll take time to read my entry in Spooktoberfest and share your thoughts about it in the comments. I spent a relaxing Sunday afternoon writing this story, letting down my guard and allowing it to take me deep into the hidden recesses of my mind. Writing it was quite the experience, I can assure you. 

How do you experience your writing, as you create the stories in your mind? Do you logistically plan each element beforehand, or do you let your story take you where it will? 

M. J.

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