Ex-lawyer turned relationship coach

I Put A Spell On You

Authors are magicians without wands. Glance at a page of good fiction and you’re sucked into a story.

Suddenly you’re figuring out who did it. Chasing a white whale. Falling in love. Or fighting robots in space.

To pull the reader into a fictional world isn’t easy. But there are some ways of tricking your audience into forgetting themselves.

Discounting a captivating plot and charming characters, you want to fool the senses.

Read how George Orwell paints a picture in 1984’s opening passage:

“Winston Smith, his chin nuzzled into his breast in an effort to escape the vile wind, slipped quickly through the glass doors of Victory Mansions, though not quickly enough to prevent a swirl of gritty dust from entering along with him.”

And George goes on to tickle our nose, “The hallway smelt of boiled cabbage and old rag mats.”

Reading Orwell’s words, you can slowly feel yourself being dragged into his tale. The incantation is starting to take hold.

And the more senses you excite, the more powerful the incantation.

But be sure to avoid dated phrases. Old expressions fail to fire up the imagination and break the spell you’ve worked so hard to cast.

P.S. Jay Hawkins has been putting spells on us since the 50’s.

By Jeroen Elsing
Ex-lawyer turned relationship coach