Resonance in Writing

    It’s been a while since my last post so I’m sorry about that 😀 It turns out creating a habit of managing a blog while trying to work, read, have a social life and sleep is very hard. 

   Luckily, most of the big events for the year are over (like getting married, more on that later on) so I’m free to focus on the writing – which is what we’ll be talking about today.

   I’ve spent the last few weeks reading books about writing, publishing and trying to understand better what I am doing so I have full control over my stories. Just today I finished a super interesting and surprising book that made me stare at the wall for two minutes after closing it.

   The book is called Drawing on the Power of Resonance by David Farland. It is rather short, around 70 pages, but it made me realize things that should have been obvious and learn a lot about creating an audience. 

   We’ve all heard or learned the regular advise when writing like ‘Be original.’, ‘Show, don’t tell’, ‘The first paragraph is the most important one’ and so on and so forth. Not that those are not true, on the contrary, but they are being covered by almost every book I’ve read so far. 

   Until I started that book ‘resonance’ had a completely different meaning in my head and it had nothing to do with writing. 

   Resonance, when it comes to writing, is the ability to use other works (without plagiarizing) that resonate with your readers to promote your own book. The resonance may come simply from the genre you’re writing in, from the themes in your book, from similarities in names (like the book title) or characters. 

   Just the other day, I was in a mood for watching some animation, so decided to watch Maya The Bee: The Honey Games. And do you know why I chose this one, even though I didn’t know it at the time? Because The Honey Games sounded like The Hunger Games. Obviously, the two things have absolutely nothing in common but it made me pick that movie instead of some other. See what I mean?

   Farland goes into a great detail in drawling parallels between Tolkien’s

work Lord and the Rings and all of the works he has used to resonate with including The Ring of Nibelungs (if you decide to read Farland’s book you’ll see how many similarities there are between the two), numerous Norse legends and so on. 

   By using resonance in our writing we automatically give ourselves a bigger chance of reaching more people. Take a genre for example. Say you’re writing a paranormal story about a witch that falls in love with a vampire(Sorry, I’m watching A Discovery of Witches so this is the first thing that comes to mind).

    Everybody who likes the paranormal genre automatically becomes possible reader. Everyone who likes stories about witches – possible reader. Stories about vampires – possible reader. I’m not saying to put all of the most interesting things with biggest audiences in a single book but to consider some elements, some groups, genres, subgenres already have their own audience which you can make your own if you put the work.

   Now imagine coming up with something so original and out-of-this-world that people have never seen anything like it. On one side, you won’t have any competition in that field which is nice; on the other side, you’ll have to build your audience from scratch and not everyone is willing to give new things a try. People tend to stick to what they like.

    Anyway, this from me today. I recommend reading the book. I hope this gets you thinking just like it did me. See your soon.

Yours truly,

Joana

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