Saturday, April 13, 2013
Now you can call it whatever you like but karma seems to fit. I can hear the unasked question - what does this have to do with writing? Well, since I see examples of karma all around me, I also see the use of karma in my writing as essential. And if I write it effectively, the reader might be hoping and praying that the story will swing a certain way. If I am able to take them to that event (without dragging it out too much), I can provide my readers with a satisfying experience.
Take for example, that bad guy who seems to get away with his crimes over and over. You're reading along and you are really starting to hate this guy. When he finally does get caught, you're almost cheering. If the way in which he is caught (or dealt with) matches the depth of his evil, you as a reader really feel satisfied. Call it justice or call it karma; either way, it's an essential part of restoring some sense of balance to the story.
Do you think about karma (or some equivalent) as you write your stories?