Things I Hope Fiction Writers Will Do by Megan Potter
I like reading fiction. It is entertaining. Although these stories are just made up, I can relate to some of them or their parts. However, there are some other aspects of this genre that hinders me from totally loving it. There are some works which have in them things that hamper my reading and appreciation. Sometimes, I need or want to stop, sometimes temporarily and sometimes permanently.
But because I am entertained when I read fiction, I would like to continue reading this genre. And while I am at it, I would like to tell fiction writers what discourages me from reading their works and what I hope they will do to make my fiction reading activities more enjoyable. Especially for other people who really love fiction, these can be the things they hate about it. I believe they would agree with the things I hope fiction writers will do.
Write Short Paragraphs
For me, reading fiction is a form of recreation. It has not gotten to a point where it has become a task I need to do. Yes, I love to read non-fiction and love it enough that I do not mind doing the chore of following through lengthy paragraphs just to make sure I don’t miss any detail that will prove to be important. For fiction, being an entertainment for me, I would like to enjoy it but many of its long paragraphs give me headaches.
Use Simple Language
When I read fiction, I would like it to be like viewing a film with the least need of rewinding to a few seconds before because I missed a frame in the scene or was not able to hear clearly a few words from the dialogue. Words I do not understand do the trick for me when reading fiction. I need to pause and find a thesaurus when this happens.
Read Their Work Aloud
There are times when I have difficulty understanding short paragraphs and even sentences. I have to read over and over and then, when I am still not able to make some sense of it, read aloud. This delays my reading and takes away some of the entertainment factor. There are even times when I needed to make a conclusion of what the author would have wanted to say in a sentence or a series of sentences. When I do this after reading their words aloud, I ask myself whether the writer had done so (read their work aloud).
Less on Settings, More on Actions
Just like long sentences and paragraphs, lengthy descriptions of settings lead me to lose my interest to continue reading. What I, and I think many others, look for are more actions from the characters. I believe that long descriptions of settings take the space which are supposed to be given to narrations of actions among characters.
Less on Descriptions, More on Dialogue
Again, just like lengthy sentences, paragraphs and descriptions of settings make me feel as if I’m being led astray from the real story, long descriptions of the characters tend to cut the enjoyment I am experiencing. Just the same, I feel that the time given to these should be given to more exchanges of words and actions by the characters. I also believe that the dialogue and the movements that the people in the story say and do can better describe their character.
I hope what I am saying here makes sense. Meaning, I hope that these things that I hope fiction writers will do are indeed feasible and can be good solutions to the problems I encounter when reading fiction. My request for the budding and established fiction writers out there is that they can make their work simpler for the many simple readers like me.
I request that the words they will choose to use will be easily understood so that I will not need to stop my reading to look for a dictionary to help me understand. I hope they will write shorter sentences, paragraphs, setting narrations and character descriptions. Only these things have hindered me from shifting from liking to loving fiction.
About Megan Potter:
“I love learning and writing. I also love sharing my learning through writing. I want to promote education and good morals to make a difference in the society.”
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