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How to bring your reader along: taking a page from comics.

When we write, we send a story on a journey from our mind to the reader’s. In Understanding Comics, Scott McCloud defines mastery in comics as the percentage of the artist’s original ideas that survive the journey to the reader’s mind. [1] Although we write without pictures, novelists are still sending images, via the written word, from one mind to another. McCloud defines mastery as how much of the original idea survives the journey to the reader. We write a grocery list, we want our shopper to eat Frosted Flakes, they get home and pour a bowl of Grape Nuts. How do our ideas cross the divide? The Concept of Closure Most writers, James Joyce aside, don't attempt stream-of-consciousness novel

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