Some people hate when it rains and others love it, the ones that feel angry on days that have more precipitation, will feel sadness or lower self-esteem when it’s rainy outside. On days where the Sun is not shining and it is dark and dreary out, some people are definitely more susceptible to feeling lonely or down and like Bill Withers said. “Ain’t no sunshine when you’re gone.” Rainy weather can make a person lethargic, where they just want to crawl back into bed and get under the covers and chalk the day off as a lost cause. With that said, does good writing have to evoke feelings inside the reader’s mind, so that they don’t just know that it is raining, they actually feel like they are being rained upon?
I guess you could define good writing this way, but this is only one tiny aspect of good writing, as that is a much bigger topic. If the writer is able to trigger the reader’s emotions and make them feel or experience something, that has to be considered as good writing, because the writer connected with their audience and that is the whole purpose of communication. If your writing is relatable and the reader can sense a real-life experience by reading it, that will allow the writer to make their point and it should keep the reader intrigued to see what else they have to say. Creative writing is not easy, but it starts with knowing and understanding what your wants. People read so they can have their own experience, so the writer must create a series of effects to facilitate and enhance this experience that their reader is looking to consume. Readers want to be touched and moved and sometimes they want to step into other worlds created by the writer and be subjected to the unknown. If a reader is able to immerse themselves into a fictional world that feels authentic to them for a few hours, then that constitutes good writing.
Let’s go back to the rain and discuss if it is possible to make a reader actually feel the rain. Readers are looking for action in stories, so you can’t just say that it is raining, you have to state that your character trembled from the cold rain, that a shiver ran down her spine as she inhaled only a shallow breath and then struggled for another. Readers will only relate to your characters emotions, if they are able to understand who your character is and why they are doing certain things. Poor writing will come across like it is a weather report to the reader, so your writing must be infused with symbolism to give it meaning. If the writer knows how to set the mood and tone for a story, this will allow the reader to change how they feel about their surroundings. A good writer has to steer and guide their readers by giving them hints about what is going to happen. The story should always be under the control of the writer, and the emotions of the reader can be effectively evoked by trickery, when the readers aren’t noticing that they are being manipulated. People will reread the same stories, not because they don’t know what is going to happen, but because they became transcended in the wonder and awe of a story that made them feel something and that is the magic of writing.
Written for Blogging Insights New Format #13 by Dr. Tanya where she asked us to comment on the idea that, “Good writing is supposed to evoke sensation in the reader – not the fact that it is raining, but the feeling of being rained upon.”