Good morning and welcome to Monday Blogs. Today, we’re focusing on the story at work, or how does your story present itself to the reader.
We all know the mechanics of how to write a story. There’s description, narrative, dialogue, and maintaining a plot to think about. We also have to ensure the tale is interesting. Most of you are probably shaking your heads and asking “What else is there?” To which I reply, a whole lot more.
Your story at work should flow easily from word to word, sentence to sentence, paragraph to paragraph. As an author, you should always make smooth transitions so the reader isn’t left wondering if there’s something missing. You must also tie up all of your minor plot lines in addition to coming to a satisfactory ending.
Once a reader completes your book, they may or may not decide to leave a review. They may or may not contact you via your social media sites to tell you job well done. What the astute author needs to remember is to accept reviews when they appear, thank the reader for the compliments in a timely manner, but never beg for a review. That puts the reader in the position of thinking they’re paying you not just for the book but the effusive compliment you seem to want.
The relationship between an author and their readers is tenuous at best. At any time, you could anger your readers with your work, but in a way that is a healthy relationship. If they’re angered, you’ve raised a strong emotion within them. If they’re happy, you’ve done the same thing on the opposite spectrum. But we also have to be careful with strong emotions, as they’re draining. That’s where we, the authors, have to learn balance in our stories, to give readers moments of pulling away from intense action with some normalcy.
In other words, we must make our stories as close to real life as we can while also maintaining the mystique of fiction. That is where the story is at work.
About the K.C. Sprayberry
Born and raised in Southern California’s Los Angeles basin, K.C. Sprayberry spent years traveling the United States and Europe while in the Air Force before settling in northwest Georgia. A new empty nester with her husband of more than twenty years, she spends her days figuring out new ways to torment her characters and coming up with innovative tales from the South and beyond.
She’s a multi-genre author who comes up with ideas from the strangest sources. Those who know her best will tell you that nothing is safe or sacred when she is observing real life. In fact, she considers any situation she witnesses as fair game when plotting a new story.
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