Well...maybe epiphany is too strong of a word...
No, that's crap too.
Fine...we'll go with epiphany--for lack of a better word.
Anyway--so--I've been spending a lot of time trying to figure out why writing is So. Darn. Hard. sometimes (you know...when I probably should've been using the time to write. *shrugs*) And I think I've figured it out--or part of it at least.
Think of it this way. What would you say if a blind person asked you to describe the color blue? Tricky question, huh? Because how would you possibly convey an abstract concept like "color" to someone who's never seen anything?
It's kinda the same thing with writing!
Our readers are totally blind when it comes to our stories. We're trying to explain people, locations, events, and feelings that exist only in our heads. And sometimes what we're trying to explain can be as foreign and abstract and impossible as explaining the color blue to a blind person.
So what do we do?
We stretch ourselves.
If we were trying to explain blue to a blind person, maybe we'd hand them an ice cube and tell them that blue is cool like that. Or maybe we'd dip their fingers in water and say that some blues feel like that. Or we'd take them outside and say that blue is like fresh air. None of that actually tells them what blue looks like--but it gives them a sense of it, no matter how vague.
It's the same thing with our stories. A well crafted metaphor. Carefully constructed dialogue. Artful descriptions. Well chosen words. If we push ourselves hard enough, we can make our readers see our stories just as clearly as we do. We can give sight to the blind. It's crazy hard to do. But it's the brass ring we're all striving for.
It's what makes writing so amazingly hard and frustrating. But it's also what keeps the pretenders away. Remember, if writing were easy, EVERYONE would do it, and there'd be so much competition we'd never have a chance to make it. So yeah, it's hard, and annoying, and sometimes we feel like there literally aren't any words that exist to explain what we're trying to say. But they do exist. We just have to push ourselves to find them.
So with that in mind, I'd love some pointers.
How do you guys give sight to your readers?