"Good writing is supposed to evoke sensation in the reader—not the fact that it is raining, but the feeling of being rained upon."
Lately I've been thinking a lot about the elements of a good story. What makes me remember one novel a year later as opposed to the one I read last month about which I can't recall a thing? Sensory details. The feelings and sensations the story arouses in my heart, mind, and gut.
Have you ever read a story that makes your heart race and your skin crawl? Off the top of my head, I can think of one such novel--DIRTY LITTLE SECRETS by CJ Omololu.
That's the way I want to write this novel. I want readers to feel like they've experienced life in Occupied Paris. Tasted it. Touched it. Lived it. Perhaps it will take years to get my story to that point, but I will not be satisfied with anything less.
How has your week been? Are you making it rain on your readers?