Today on the Writescast Network, I’m sharing my thoughts on Making Good First Impressions when writing and submitting stories to paying markets. If you’re a new writer thinking about sending a story to a magazine, I encourage you to check it out.
If you’ve ever watched an Olympic sporting event like the floor routine in gymnastics, you might have seen shots of athletes preparing to compete. They stand to the side, eyes closed, twisting their bodies around in odd ways. You know what they’re doing. They’re envisioning their routine, imagining the jumps, the turns, the tucks. The same thing happening to those athlete’s brains as they pre-visualize their routines occurs inside readers’ minds when they read. Provided, that is, an author uses a few key neuroscience tricks when they write.