Monday, July 27, 2009

I Got Rhythm

“Good writing is a form of hypnosis. You use the rhythm of words to put your readers into a kind of trance, so that they are more receptive to your ideas.” -- Rob Parnell in Writing -- An Act of Magic. [As posted on Mike’s Writing Workshop]

I mentioned before that I spend a lot of time working on the rhythm of my prose. I read my stories out loud over and over, adding, deleting, and changing words until they flow from one to the next minus any speed bumps. (There are times when the author wants to jolt the reader, but I’m talking here about unintentional disruptions.) After all, if I'm fortunate enough to create prose that puts my readers in a trance-like state of mind, I don't want to do something that breaks the spell.

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