Friday, June 20, 2008


Curiosity is the emotional state of wanting to learn more about something, the intellectual need to answer questions and make sense of things. We love stories because we long to know what happens next. Without curiosity throughout, a story would grind to halt. Any writer who can evoke this essential emotion is guaranteed an audience.

The Power of Questions

Because curiosity comes from our desire to answer questions, the best way to evoke it in the reader (penilai skrip) and thereby heighten interest, is to set up story questions. A question demands an answer. Therefore, setting up a question automatically creates an emotional itch that needs to be scratched. Each turning point in the plot creates a curiosity that makes the reader ask what will happen next. The writer can accomplish this by withholding bits of information, not telling the reader everything all at once, foreshadowing, or hinting at an outcome, all of which force the reader to play a more active role – filling in the blanks, making guesses, and assuming things. When the reader is active, he is involved, and therefore interested.

~ Writing For Emotional Impact by Karl Iglesias [pg.84&85]

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