Because #CampNaNoWriMo isn’t enough, I’ve decided to participate in the 2017 A to Z challenge for the first time. Daily writing with a letter for each day of April, except Sundays.
The theme I’ve chosen for this challenge will align with this blog’s theme and that is; Writing and considerations of authors in the process of developing books, specifically writing fiction novels and stories.
A is for Aspect
Aspect is a broad term that is interesting to apply to the realm of literature. The definition can be visual-based (an appearance) or purely mental-based (a characteristic or feature). Either way, Aspect suggests a perspective towards something with a hint of objectivity to what can be observed.
When approaching our writing with the concept of Aspect, we can consider it simply as synonymous to literary elements or we can become literal with visual-based meaning.
Consider the image and the few paragraph breaks that exist in the two pages.
Paragraph and sentence construction, particularly spacing breaks, exists partly due to the visual impact it has on readers. Walls of text seem overwhelming to the eye, intimidating to a reader. This is a reason why paragraph construction has continued to break paragraphs into fewer sentences over time where blogs and posts consist of 1-3 sentence paragraphs purely for visual ease on viewers and to encourage speedier reading.
In fiction novels, the most frequent visual break on pages within chapters are the distinguishing blank spaces around dialogue and narration.
As long as dialogue isn’t paired with lengthy narration descriptions, a reader can immediately recognize a passage of dialogue compared to paragraphs of narration. With the expansion of digital screens, one never knows if someone is reading on a wide desktop computer or a small mobile phone. Depending on the format, long paragraphs can become monotonous as pages of unbroken text.
It is up to the author to decide how to balance the negative (blank) space in their work, but variety is often considered key to keeping readers visually engaged with the meta-flow of the story. Interspersing dialogue with narration and longer paragraphs with shorter ones keeps the visual aspect of a book interesting.
So, consider Aspect – not only as elements of a story – but also in the sense of what readers observe when they actually look at the writing upon the pages of a book.