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May 3, 2010

Writer Tip: Maria Zannini

Go to the source: Want to know how it feels to sit in a Mercedes Benz, or the smell of a horse, or the sound of a forest?

Go to the source.

Window shop at a high end car dealer, visit a horse veterinarian or enlist the help of horsey friends. The woods are not silent. Spend a night–or at least several hours hiking.

Nothing beats the real thing in order to describe it well. While some of us can’t go up in space, we can simulate the experience by spending a few minutes in a cramped metal shed or the cockpit of an airplane. Writing about the past? Turn off all the lights in your house and fetch water out of a rain barrel.

Now submerse yourself in the experience. As you transport yourself, you’ll transport your readers.

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  1. Maria D.

    Gread advice! I think if you have as close to an experience as your writing about that it will translate to the reader

  2. Maria Zannini

    I think gremlins are after me. My first message disappeared.

    The web site link is a dead link. You can find me here though: http://mariazannini.blogspot.com/

    Thanks for inviting me, Shelley