Friday, September 16, 2011
I Second That Emotion
That book, which will remain nameless, is a bestseller. It's considered literary fiction. I'm 50 pages into it and I could care less about the main characters. I neither like or dislike the characters or their story. I feel nothing for them, in fact. It's like eating ice-cream that has no taste. I will most likely return this book to my e-library and perhaps try to re-read it at a later date.
I think I've said this before but I'm most engaged with stories that make me feel something emotionally. That's why Vogler's point in this Writer's Digest article rings particularly true for me--not only in what I like to read but what I like to write. Make me laugh and cry; make me upset. Make me sad. Just make me feel something in my heart and in my gut and I'm yours.
To read the complete Writer's Digest article, click here.