Blogging Insights — Do You Feel Me?

Dr. Tanya has decided to change things up a bit for her weekly Blogging Insights prompt. Instead of using the Q&A format, she provides us with a quote about blogging or writing and ask us to express our opinion about said quote.

This week’s quote is from American novelist E. L. Doctorow.

“Good writing is supposed to evoke sensation in the reader – not the fact that it is raining, but the feeling of being rained upon.”

To me, Doctorow’s quote is similar to the writing advice that encourages us to “show, don’t tell.” It’s a technique in which the story and the characters are related through sensory details and actions rather than through exposition. It puts an emphasis on using and showing actions in order to convey the emotions you want readers to experience and interpret, rather than telling the reader what is happening or has happened. It results in a better experience for readers because the “show, don’t tell” style of writing is more immersive for the readers, allowing them to be right there in the room with the story’s characters.

So yes, I concur with E. L. Doctorow. Strive to get your readers to feel something when they read your words.

13 thoughts on “Blogging Insights — Do You Feel Me?

  1. joseph elon lillie October 11, 2021 / 6:57 am

    I agree! That said when I blog I find I am often writing so quickly I default to telling rather than showing.

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  2. Nope, Not Pam October 11, 2021 / 11:46 am

    Exactly, I think we believe it more when we read the character reacting than being told how they would react.

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  3. donmatthewspoetry October 11, 2021 / 3:32 pm

    To me, poetry should evoke emotion. If I can’t draw an emotion from the reader, be it laughter, sadness etc I feel I have failed.

    Yes, good writing is supposed to evoke sensation in the reader

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