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The point of fiction is to cast a spell, a momentary illusion that you are living in the world of the story. But as a writer, how do you suck your readers into your stories in this way? Nalo Hopkinson shares some tips for how to use language to make your fiction really come alive.

Lesson by Nalo Hopkinson, animation by Enjoyanimation.

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  1. Jose Aliniado Jr.

    Hello mam/sir. May I ask your permission to use just a part of your video not the whole video in my video lesson for my Grade 10 students. Your response is highly appreciated.

  2. ፕዘቿ ዘዐረሃ ፕልርዐ

    Here is a trick that I find useful-
    Sometimes it’s just good to let the person reading your book imagin things. Say you have a scary monster in your book, if you give a vague description of said monster it allows the reader to toy with what the monster looks like, and gives them some creative freedom to imagine and create their own horror.

  3. cid

    here's a tip, writers; start a chapter.

    just start a chapter. it could be with one sentence of what you're currently thinking, don't worry about the messy layout of your chapter for a moment until you finish one chapter where you wrote your thought down. then after that, come back to it and read it as a whole. see what you got wrong, see where you're cringing, see where you can improve. it's basically like a rough concept of a drawing slowly turning into a clean, thin line-art ready to be colored and highlighted.

    when you're satisfied, leave it alone. come back to it later, read it. and if you're not impressed with your chapter from a reader's perspective, don't stop editing. until you impress yourself as a reader, until you know you're gonna get hooked with the story, do not stop editing.

  4. LivingLucidly

    I realized i write descriptively, its like a filter that exists within my mind and everytime i chose to express the physical manifestion of my thought through words, it just pops up. The filter would be some sort of telescope that, zooms into the words im trying to say in such away, that it makes me want the reader to understand exactly what i am feeling through the words i am writing Whether its me describing i like oranges or whether its me describing what a descriptive mind feels like. But then, there is also that uncertain thought that watches you from a distance and you always notice its watching you because there us that feeling in your heart and gut, and a feeling behind your head, or body, its some sort of tinglally feeling. And so this feeling makes me doubt what i am saying and makes me feel as though it could be some sort of delusion in my mind and this could not be the case. To put it simple, being discriptive feels like you are over complicating a simple sentance, but because this filter exists, it makes it natural for me and its cool yet bad at the same time.I also realized, im not a good speller lol.

  5. Santosh P.S.S.

    STOP BRAINWASHING PEOPLE. GIVE ME PRACTICAL PROOFS THAT BALLS EXISTS IN THE SKY, THAT STANDING BODIES OF WATER CAN BEND, THAT AIR PRESSURE CAN EXIST WITHOUT A SOLID CONTAINER, THAT THERE IS NOTHING MORE TO DISCOVER, IT'S A BALL (PEAR-SHAPED). WHERE ARE YOUR OBSERVABLE, TESTABLE, REPEATBLE, MEASURABLE, DEMONSTRABLE PRACTICAL PROOFS? OBSERVING SOMETHING ISN'T ENOUGH. TV SCREENS, IMAGES, VIDEOS ARE NOT SCIENTIFIC PROOFS.

  6. 64,420 Subscriber Challenge

    The thing is, I'm not good in english. My vocabulary suks, I have a really good story in my mind but, I can't write it on english….

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