Reading a Rivetting Story

How do you cope with that empty, disappointing feeling that arises when you close the final page of a really rivetting story? I have just finished a captivating story by Sharon Sala. It was a struggle to put it down. I didn’t want to reach that last page. The mystery is solved. All the angles are tied up. I know the story was fast coming to an end. But acknowledging I was about to say goodbye to characters who had really resonated with me almost hurt.

Do you sometimes feel like that? As if you are at a loose end after a rivetting story? Or maybe you’ve experienced the same from a movie? Do you do something unusual to bring you back to reality? Or can you just close the book and continue with your day without the story remaining with you?

Girl sitting in the clouds reading a Riveting story
What a Rivetting story
Using a rivetting story to learn and improve

I accept the feeling as an indication I’ve just read a great story. And the writer in me now wants to analyse why it captivated me so much. Unfortunately, because this particular book is from the library, I can’t pick up my highlighter pens. I participated in a Margie Lawson workshop years ago. There I learnt how rewarding highlighting pens can be. Marking words, phrases or even whole paragraphs that caught me in some way helps. If I can isolate why I was attracted, I can learn how to write better stories myself. Using a rivetting story to learn and improve.

Writing in an ongoing struggle to improve and perfect one’s style and ability to weave a story. Learning from other writers is an obvious way to make improvements in my own stories. I’m going to spend a few hours re-reading Sharon Sala’s “Family Sins”. But this time it won’t be the storyline I’ll lose myself in. I hope I will notice what else captured me. I want every book I write to include such a rivetting story my readers will not want to put it down until the end.


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