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|Written by Christine Redding|
|Saturday, 01 October 2011 14:21|
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A Writer Is A Hypnotist
Hypnosis works by stimulating the senses of the inner mind to believe that mere words are, in fact, realities. It does this by lulling the outer mind to a state of relaxation and trust, inducing a mild dream-like state of sensory receptiveness.
If at least three of our basic senses are stimulated, our inner consciousness can be convinced, can believe that a thing is real.
A warm breeze across your skin, on a chilly night... you can hear the nearby splashing of water falling over rocks... , you can smell the scent of living green trees and the sweetness of night-blooming flowers...
Convinced, the heart-beat actually slows, and muscles relax, and the mind looks around for what's next, ready to believe in it. They are ready to go anywhere on the magic carpet you have provided them.
When you stop to explain things, that magic carpet bottoms-out and the magic is spoiled. So--don't explain: demonstrate!
Use dialogue that reveals what the speaker sees and does as well as what he/she thinks:
"Isn't it a lovely moon...? Hey, buster, watch your hands!"
Use action to move the story and the reader along:
His hand found the soft skin of her shoulder; he never saw the slap coming.
My point, exactly.
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