Rarefied Atmosphere: Crafting a Unique Sense of Place Part 1: What it Feels Like
Really evocative writing comes from a shared emotional experience between your characters and your readers, and the specific setting of a scene can—and should—be as much a character as any of the people inhabiting it. In Part 1 of this two-part tutorial, Phil Athans dissects first what we actually mean by "atmosphere" in this sense and then discuss emotional distance and show vs. tell.
Open to authors in all genres of fiction and anyone working in narrative non-fiction, memoir, or anywhere that needs to appeal to a reader's sense of shared experience.
Philip Athans is an editor and author with more than thirty years experience working on a wide range of fiction and non-fiction in all forms, and all the while (and for a long time before) he's a reader, too, and one who recognizes reading as a creative act.
This 42-minute tutorial video offers practical advice for infusing your writing with a greater emotional context, covering:
- What we mean by atmosphere
- Emotional distance and Show vs. Tell
- Detail-light, Emotion-heavy
Atmosphere, like all human feeling, is ephemeral—share the experience!