Wonderful article by Writers in the Storm
By Laura Drake
When we learn to read, we’re taught to take one word at a time, reading left to right. We still read like that (only hopefully, much faster.) We picture the scene happening in real time in our heads. That’s what I call immediacy in writing – the first words you read should happen before the next words, etc.
Therefore, the order in which we write sentences, and even pieces of sentences, is important. If we get them out of order, it causes a ‘speed bump,’ that slows or stops the reader. Sometimes they’ll need to read the sentence again to understand what is being said.
There are several ways I’ve seen (and made) errors in immediacy.
- The Yoda Error. I got busted on this at crit group last week. Since I’m usually the one who catches it in other’s writing, Fae was delighted to nail me on…
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