Evoking Vivid Imagery

The words painted a picture.  He followed the Cage Dunn format of story writing by using concrete words and details that appealed to the reader’s senses, which he hoped would stick in their mind.  He had spent hours staring at his computer screen, struggling to write something significant, trying to capture images into words, but everything seemed lifeless and dull.  He had been following Cage and he knew that she broke down every aspect of her stories and this let her transform her stories from being vague and boring to become engrossing and memorable.  He understood that he needed to visualize the scene, so he laid back on the sofa listening to a dove cooing, while a car drove by in the distance, and the bright sunlight lit up the room.  He felt that he needed to invite readers into his world, men that wanted to see women in miniskirts, wake up and smell the coffee along with the tobacco, fried food, and get a great big whiff of the salty sea air.  If any women were ever going to read his book, he knew that it had to be intelligent, engrossing, and fascinating, but since he didn’t have a woman of his own, he had no clue what women actually want.

He wanted to write a story that would keep his readers on the edge of their seats, make them eager to know what’s happening, so that meant that it had to be dramatic and contain a lot of action.  Would he be able to describe the scenery making his story more atmospheric, beautiful and engaging, without putting his readers to sleep?  He knew that an experienced storyteller keeps a good pace and will use cliffhangers to keep everyone hooked and eager to find out what’s happening next.  The tension and conflict needed to build to a climax, whether it’s a showdown between the hero and the bad guy, or the fateful choice made by the star-crossed lovers, this decisive moment would linger with the reader long after they have finished his book.  He knew what his story was going to be about, and he thought that the only way to make it come to life, would be to craft evocative word pictures that conjure up mental images for his readers, giving them the impression of really being there, while withholding a certain amount of information back, so that the reader could imagine a scene for themselves.

Written for Michelle of Putting My Feet in the Dirt April Weekly Story Starters challenge – Week 3 (April 15-21).

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