“We’ve all experienced that moment where you’re deeply immersed in a good story, only to have something disrupt that immersion. . . . And suddenly, where a moment before you were almost part of the story, now you’ve been thrown out of it and are a person looking at the pages of a book in which something doesn’t add up. It’s the author’s responsibility to avoid such disruption.
Just a quick post, been very busy recently, we’ve been harvesting for almost two weeks now with a one day break about a week back, so we’re all getting a bit tired.
J. L. Doty’s piece is a little bit about writing. And a LOT about lasers.
But he keeps up a good pace for an article that is often very technical, and there’s a lot of interesting tidbits along the way, like “It’s a sad weapon that can be defeated by holding up a piece of paper of the right color.” And there’s also an interesting anecdote about having his cotton shirt burnt by a infrared laser, but his polyester tie was much more resilient.
But really, what I liked most about it was his explaining why it’s an author’s job to keep the reader interested — and then demonstrating just that by making a very interesting article out of something that easily could have been sleep-inducing.