I totally agree with the sentiment of this post. Writers (me included) attempt to fill every gap so the reader does not misinterpret a thing. We want the world to see the story thru the same eyes and imagination. But why?
When I was a member of a book club many moons ago, one of the most fascinating aspects was discussing the different viewpoints of the story. There were perspectives I didn’t consider or bonded with others who shared similar insight. I believe that the reader’s imagination adds an extra spice that can enhance a story.
Hold onto your hats. We’re going to get theoretical.
In the past I’ve had a great deal of fun mystifying you with statements such as this:
Honestly, a good fifty percent (probably more) of any story is written entirely in the reader’s head. You don’t need to vomit the entire universe and all of humanity onto the page; you’re already writing it on an infinite human soul that will recognize it at a glance and fill in all the gaps.
Your job is simply to guide the emotions of the reader in the direction you want.
Well guess what. I’m going to mystify you further by expounding on how exactly one accomplishes that.
I call it ‘The Negative Space Phenomenon’. The more practical term for it is ‘reader engagement’. (My terms are so much cooler.)
So first of all, what is negative space?
Negative space, in art, is the space…
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