How to leave an impression on readers

And write like the invisible man. 

You read me right. 

Reading an article by August Birch on Medium.com got me to thinking about all the books and stories I truly enjoy. Want to know what I discovered?

If I want to write a review, I must do it immediately after finishing the book. Because the mechanics of the book fade quickly, but the impression lasts much longer. I remember what books I loved and the ones I hated, but my reactions are personal and vague.

As August points out…

“When we do our best work as writers, the writing disappears in the background.”

To me, that means the mechanics and style of writing fades in the background. August suggest writers should strive for “Invisible Writing.”

Have you ever become so absorbed in a movie, you couldn’t remember the color of the actors dress? Why? Because it was a great movie! Same goes for writing a great story. As the reader sees the story in their brain, it’s as if they are experiencing the story. Explaining too much makes the mental story shut down and off.

To become an invisible writer…

  • Avoid selecting words to sound sophisticated.
  • Don’t over explain or over describe the scene.
  • Too much description reveals a lazy writer.
  • If the words don’t move the story forward, cut them.
  • Don’t make reading your story a chore, don’t make the reader think too hard.
  • Reflect rather than over think as you write.

“When the reader focuses on the writing, she’s not using her subconscious to help engage with the story — you’ve lost her.” August Birch

You really should click on the link and read the article by August Birch in its entirety. He explains in greater detail what it means to be an invisible writer.

Why We Never Want Our Readers to Remember Our Writing by August Birch

PS:

I want to wish everyone a safe and happy Easter holiday. Don’t forget to add a book to that little one’s basket.

Easter basket with books

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What to do when you are overloaded with help

I’m not talking about help with the laundry or dishes. I’m all for lots of help with that stuff. LOLBitmoji Image Jean Cogdell doing housework

But, if like me, your inbox is flooded with helpful tips and suggestions intended to improve your writing skills, you may be experiencing information overload.overloaded with emails

Between family, friends (web and local), two WIP books, my blog and reading all of you wonderful writers and bloggers, I sometimes feel my life is roaring out of control, burning up like a meteor falling to earth. Meteor falling to earth

Thanks go to JORDAN PETERS for a terrific piece about avoiding information overload and get those blogs written.

Information Overload: Avoid It Like The Plague

For me, I sometimes need to step back and take a break. And try to remove the sheer panic I feel at never meeting my goals.

Bitmoji Image Jean Cogdell Life is hardSome days there is too much to do and too little time. I know, I know some of you-all are super organized. Wish I was. But alas, I’m not.

However, Jordan did help with a few suggestions on how to keep your blog going. Now if I could just figure out how to keep the rest of my life going in the right direction.

What I want to know is what overwhelms you?

Is it your job, house, family, blogging, emails or all of them?

For me, it is all!

Tell me, how do you balance everything?

How do you avoid burnout?

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How to strengthen your writing

By removing and replacing “distance verbs.”

We’ve all heard about too many adverbs, but another thing we need to watch for are verbs that put distance between the story and the reader.

Getting the reader to feel your character’s pain or joy is hard if you’ve used words that act as roadblocks.Words that block us

Want to know which words put distance between character and reader?

Click and read the article below by Amy Rose Davis. She gives us a word list and a fix to pull the reader closer.

STRENGTHEN YOUR PROSE: DISTANCING VERBS by Amy Rose Davis

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Do you know what today is?

INTERNATIONAL CHILDREN’S BOOK DAY!

International Children's Book Day Ibby

Thanks to my favorite Ape, and Jo Robinson for reminding me!

International Childrens Book Day

And a happy birthday to one of my favorite authors, Hans Christian Anderson. I’m sure there isn’t a parent in the world who doesn’t know The Little Mermaid. But did you know it was written in 1837? Just goes to show you good books last forever.The Little Mermaid (With Original Illustrations) by [Andersen, Hans Christian]

Of course, I’d be remiss if I didn’t showcase my children’s books. I hope you’ll head over to Amazon and check mine out. While I in no way stand alongside Hans Christian Anderson, I’m very proud of my books. Easter is coming and a book makes a great gift.

A Most Reluctant Princess by Jean M. Cogdell   A Reluctant Little Prince by Jean M Cogdell   Tryouts for Ben by Jean M Cogdell

Of course, you don’t have to wait for a holiday to give the gift of imagination. So, y’all give a book and light a fire of creativity in a child today. You never know who you might inspire to become the next great author.

Don’t have any little ones to gift a book? Teachers everywhere are in need of good books. There is always a place to make a reading impact. Ask around.

To read more about this holiday, check out these websites…

USBBY.org

Fun Holiday – International Children’s Book Day

Days of the Year

PS:

I’m currently finishing up my next picture book and searching for just the right editor and illustrator. Interested? Or know someone who might be interested? Use the Contact me button to let me know.

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