Monday, March 9, 2015
Good Read and a Question
Question: My critique partner says, "Your mood is all wrong." I rewrite and she still goes on and on about "Mood." What is mood, anyway? How can I fix it?
Answer: In writing Mood is the atmosphere we give a piece often by the details we choose to describe. All words have meaning, as denoted in the dictionary. But they also have a connotation, or feeling that people understand, without our having to explain and explain.
If we say we have the "blues," readers understand that we are sad.
All words have “feelings” as well and dictionary meanings. To establish "mood" in a fictional piece you should choose words that will subtlely make the reader understand the feelings of the characters.
Say your scene is a funeral. A sad occasion. Despite the "blue"analogy above, to emphasize the sadness, you should have cloudy skies and rain, mists gathering in the shrubbery, rain, or tears, running down the faces of the attendees, who all should be dressed in somber colors.