A couple of friends had a conversation after my critique group met last week about how they want their stories to affect readers. One writer tried to describe how a piece of music had affected him – that was the effect he was going for. Another writer said he wanted his stories to leave an echo, to be the kind of story that stays with a reader all day after they finish it. Then there was talk about how to move a reader to tears.
I thought it was an interesting discussion. There are all sorts of different ways that fiction can affect readers, and listening to my friends talk, it became clear that different writers can have very different goals. I’m not generally trying to move a reader to tears. Or haunt them with echoes. Overall, I’d rather that my fiction… made people feel less alone while they’re reading it. I’d like the characters to feel like friends. I guess, I’m hoping to give readers an escape. Though, of course, that can vary from story to story.
Anyway, I’m curious as to how other furry writers want their stories to affect readers.