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Mark Twain, agreeing with the general sentiment held for most of history that smiling in portraits and photographs was odd and slightly indecent (via historical-nonfiction)
I wonder what he would say about the advent of duckface selfies.
The Psychology of Writing: 5 Ways to make your Characters “Click” with Readers using Vulnerability, Proximity, Resonance, Similarity, and Shared Adversity
At some point in your life, you’ve experienced magic.
It might have appeared as a sudden spark of unexplainable creativity, the lyrics of a deeply moving poem, the chemistry between two individuals meeting for the first time, the notes of a concert, the dedicated synchronization of a routine, the innovative strokes of an artist’s brush…
An overwhelming sense of connection bound you in the moment. You felt inspired, thrilled, advanced, even enlightened. You feel nostalgic each time emotions of this memory are triggered by a sound, a word, an image, a touch, or a smell. The experience of this moment cannot be put any other way: it is pure magic.
As writers, we strive to create this inexplicable magic through words, with the ultimate goal of connecting with our readers. In giving our readers this sensation of “magic,” we instill a feeling of nostalgia within them that they will carry for the rest of their lives.
In this article, I’ll be discussing a unique, psychological-based approach to creating this connection, built on collected research from noted organizational expert and psychologist Ori & Rom Brafman. Read on to learn five ways in which you can make your book and characters “click” with your readers.
Sally Donovan in S4 getting the promotion she’s been dreaming about for years and when Sherlock and John walk into a crime scene Sherlock says something like ”Ah, Sergeant Donovan, here we are again” and Sally just raises an eyebrow and shows Sherlock her badge before correcting him smoothly with a ”Detective Inspector Donovan”