Dear Writer Revisited: Letter Nine
Erm... it's the main one, isn't it?
Virginia has found yet another fault with Writer's story, "The Scream at Midnight" (poor Writer), leading me to ask the question of why Virginia is persisting with reading this story at all. She must be the world's nicest mentor. In this letter, Virginia wants to explain to writer why her story seems to fall a little flat.
It lacks imagination.
|Spot on, Leo. Help yourself to a cookie.|
Elizabeth Jolley encouraged writers to "develop the moment of truth with the magic of imagination." In other words, take the things you have seen and observed, and extrapolate them to logical and even illogical circumstances. Imagine. And if you think you cannot imagine, get someone to read the following quote to you and close your eyes.
If you're still intimidated by this idea, don't worry because Virginia's letter has provided for that too! She says that because the worlds of your imagination are constructed from the everyday world, you should take the time to develop your observational skills, and practice treating your words as playthings with the following handy exercises....
That last line in particular is brilliant. So thanks to Charlotte, and thanks once again to Spineless Wonders for getting me involved in this project. See you all tomorrow.