Monthly Archives: May 2014
Discuss: Your Brain on Fiction

In an effort to justify the benefits of reading fiction to the average non-reader, I came across a video short explaining the effects of fiction on the brain. The video titled “How Fiction Makes Our Brains Better” is produced by DNews and gives viewers a unique perspective on the process of reading. Watch the video to see what I mean. The idea presented–grounded cognition–relates to how people “live” the stories they read because their brain activates certain areas that relate to the subject written about or the activities described. The video promotes reading fiction to viewers in a way that…

No Right Way to Write Dialogue Tags

My natural inclination to write dialogue is as follows: “Your style is generic and boring,” said Lisa.” Notice I wrote said Lisa, rather than Lisa said. I can’t place when I started using this particular syntax, or why I started using it. How do any of us decide on style and syntax, when the books we read are widely different? My first thought–we write what sounds natural to us. But when I read the previously mentioned line aloud, I cringe. Now when I read “Your style is generic and boring,” Lisa said, the tag rolls right off my tongue. So why have I…