Orchestrating the Manuscript
While watching an older movie, Last of the Mohicans, I had turned to a
channel that I was unfamiliar with. The sound quality was horrid on this
channel and so was the video. I continued watching for a bit, as I knew
the movie so well, but soon realized that without the audio, without the
original music that went into the making of that movie I no longer wanted
to watch the movie. It had lost something, it had lost it's orchestrating power
over my emotions and in turn lost me as a viewer.
However, I flipped the channels and found the same movie on another channel
with great audio, and video and watched it all over again, even though I had just
watched part of it on another channel. What does this tell us? (That I'm a movie freak)
Well, yes I am, but it tells us that we seek to feel, when entertained. Whether it
is music itself, or conveying it. It must evoke reaction in the reader or movie goer.
As I got to thinking about it, I realized as a writer that without all the powerful
tools we use on paper to create emotions, compassion, and overall feelings in our
stories, we would soon lose our readers if we don't convey those feelings to the reader.
Imagine watching Jaws, and there is no eerie music, leading up to the shark attacking.
Would it have the same impact on you. Of course it wouldn't. In Halloween, it's that
dramatic sound that builds the suspense of Michael Myers. So in movies, music is of
the utmost importance. Even though, most of the time we don't even realize how important
As writers we only have words to convey all of this to the reader. There is no music unless the reader imagines it themselves. But if we don't build those dramatic scenes with facial expressions, showing action as an emotion, or words that bring out the emotion, then we can close the reader.
When you write, "he was mad." That conveys very little to your reader. The readers is wondering how mad. But when your write, "He pounded the desk until his knuckles bled." You have no doubt how mad he is.
In writng and reading, I find the hero that cups a cheek, and stares into her eyes, or strokes her hair and kisses her head softly, to be heartwarming and gentle. It shows you what kind of lover this man is going to be.
In the Last of the Mohicans, when Hawkeye tells Cora her father died, he holds her and allows her to express her emotion. What was her emotion? Did you see her fist beat against his back in pure agony as she held on tight to him? And then again, sometimes, it's the dialogue that creates the emotions, as when Cora said, "Is there nothing left for us?" Did you feel her defeat, her sadness?
When a writer writes, all the arts are used. Music, art istself, scenery, colors, all convey feelings in us. We have to use those feelings to convey it to our readers, or they might change the channel.
Thanks and God bless.