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The KAV Cycle, Part 2

In my last article, I talked about how you can begin to maximize your audience by appealing to all of the senses, and I spoke about appealing to kinetic, audio, visual, and scent in particular. In theory, this will help you reach 100% of your audience. But as with most elements of writing, it can

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The KAV Cycle, Part 1

Each of us is accustomed to taking in information, to learning, in our own way.  Some people learn things by doing.  For example, a mechanic might learn how to use his hands to manipulate wrenches and screwdrivers so that he can tear apart a car engine, virtually in the dark.  While another person might find

The Perfect Story: Economy

Some virtues that would be found in a perfect story almost go without saying.  For example, a perfect tale would be economical.  There are a number of ways that a story can lack economy.  Most authors probably think here that I’m going to harp on descriptions that are overwritten, or conversations that don’t need to

The Perfect Story: Flow

In considering the virtues of a perfect tale, some things come to mind that ought to be mentioned but that are rather easy to discuss. A Perfect Tale Flows Logically You don’t have to tell the reader everything in a perfect story.  You can withhold information in order to create mysteries.  You can mislead the

You and Your Ugly Baby

I was working on a scene yesterday that somehow felt flabby. The prose itself was fine, but I realized that the underlying action, what was happening in the scene, just felt bleh. So I had to reimagine the scene, searching for ways to make it fresh. I wanted my novel to be novel, one of

Do What You Love

Years ago, I had a reporter call and ask, “If you could have any job in the world, what would it be?” The only answer I had was, “I’d just keep on being a writer.” Since it was Career Day, the reporter wrote an article in which he posed that question to dozens of people. As

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Appealing to the Senses, Part 3

For the last couple of articles I’ve been talking about how to make your story come alive by appealing to the reader’s senses, by “showing, not telling.” I pointed out that the human body has several different ways of sensing and reacting to the world. We’re not like cameras that just record sight and sound, we

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Appealing to the Senses, Part 2

Last week I wrote about appealing to the senses and stated that humans have more than just the five sensory inputs that you learned in school. Any time that you use a human viewpoint character as a “camera,” you need to use all of the senses, and input the character’s thoughts and feelings as well,

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Appealing to the Senses

Most writers don’t know how to write prose that entangles a reader’s imagination. Envision a reader picking up your novel. As she begins to read, she hopes to be transported into a story, one that is rich and detailed, one that takes her away from her own place and time. Now, as she reads, she