D – After reading so many writing-oriented blogs in the last three days, I’ve been thinking a lot about motivation. One blog in particular asked why we write. I often ask myself that question. It certainly isn’t for money or fame. Or because writing is easy.
After a day like today, my writing is purely for escape! Believe me, being pinned down on a stellar battlefield with laser fire screaming overhead while fighting for my life is often easier than dealing with daily drama. Writing provides a wonderful safe haven. It’s a temporary respite from ordinary life, and it’s a place filled with exciting people, beautiful villains, and fabulous landscapes. I’m willing to bet some of the most brilliant world building takes place after a family dispute, comforting a friend in trouble, or dealing with a recalcitrant teenager.
So, I’m using my daily dramas as templates for spicing up my stories. This way I insure my readers shiver, shake their heads and say, “Thank god I’m not in that situation! How will she get herself out of this one?”
The readers participate in the thrills and chills of experiences outside their own, and I take a mini-vacation from reality. We both win.
How do you ensure your readers shiver with relief?