The Mechanics of Fiction Writing
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Schema & Scripts
The reader performs most of the heavy lifting when it comes to building storyworlds. Learn how the mind works to draw up images from schematic memory and scripts. This will help writers to understand what they need to describe and what they can leave in the figurative hands of their faithful readers.
Cognitive science informs us how humans form mental representations of their surroundings. Learning how people map space can inform writers how their readers will form a mental representation of the stage their stories will play out on. Knowing how to generate a vivid stage when it counts may help your stories to come to life as never before.
Objects in the Storyworld
Some storyworld objects are too important to omit, others add an air of real-ness to the setting, others are best left to the reader's imagination. How should writers decide what objects are worth describing explicitly in their stories? We'll explore a few guidelines here.