3D Writing

What learningstyles001his 3D writing and how can it make a best-seller?

3D writing is a style where all five of the reader’s senses are engaged. Sounds easy enough but is it? 3D writing uses the various learning-styles to reach a broader audience.

Educational experts have discovered important differences between learning styles among children. In doing this research, they’ve learned how incorporating all of the different styles while teaching, ensures the best comprehension of the material.

There are seven learning styles broken down into four categories: Visual (spatial), Aural (auditory-musical), Verbal (linguistic), and Physical (kinesthetic). Learn more about your own learning style here.

Without going into great detail about the styles themselves, you can see from the examples above and their short description, how each style retains information.

As writers, especially fiction, there isn’t always a desire to ‘teach’ so why is this important?

Although labeled as learning-styles, these methods of learning are also methods of comprehension. Important for a fiction-writer if they desire to keep a reader interested. 3D characters and scenes can draw readers from almost every selected learning-style. The best way to remember them while writing, is to incorporate all five senses. Readers love to use their imagination but unless we give them a picture and character to imagine, many will not finish a book.

A writer’s own learning style will be reflected in their work. For instance: A writer with a linguistic learning style will have an over-abundance of dialogue but the scene-descriptions and individual characteristics of the antagonist/protagonist will be weak. For aural writers, there will be a rhythm and glide to the writing with words fitting like a piece in a complex puzzle. The scene-descriptions are generally rich with olfactory description. The smell of spring, or scents from pine trees in the forest. On the other hand, their characters may tend to be a reflection of their own personality. Ultimately leading to staple personalities given different names in a different story.

None of this is an absolute, of course. There is no such thing. Having an awareness of the learning-styles can help a writer with their own weaknesses and help bring their book closer to a ‘best seller’ by piquing the interest of more readers.

 

Secrets of Bayboro

Traveling as a Teen…a Reflection

Lily.2016

Easter is a short three weeks away and everyone is preparing for a trip to see family. Smaller children, although bored more easily, can be a bit easier to tame on long trips. The teenagers, not so much. They want to pull away from the fray while the family, nostalgic for old times, continuously try to draw them back in to the fold. Cajoling and demanding, talking and fighting…I know sometimes, I would be tired of a trip before I left just trying to prepare everyone.

Saturn’s Moon Press just released their first audiobook this week. Secrets of Bayboro Mansion (Fiction YA, Mystery/Thriller) is our first experience with an audiobook targeted to a teen/young adult audience. As a publisher, I had to ask myself if a teenager would actually be interested in an audiobook. Yes, they love to listen to music…all day on their earbuds…but a story? Then a memory slowly developed and I had the answer to my question.

While growing up in the seventies, our family traveled often. More often than most since my father was in the military and we moved every two years then. Travelling in a car filled with three siblings, two dogs, and a cranky driver became a way of life for me.

I never minded the traveling until I started into puberty. Then, the smelly dogs, loud siblings and HORRIBLE music (my father loved the old-style country music…Conway Twitty, his favorite) caused me to become more obstinate and irritable than normal. This is not an acceptable behavior in a car packed with people, so I had to find an escape from my misery…books.

Books became a temporary escape from my mundane and irritating life. I believe this is where my love of books developed. I don’t know if I was born to love them as some would say, because at that age, I didn’t love anything until it served me in some way. Books became my counselor, my friend, and my teacher – all in one.

I never felt alone when I had a book in my hand.

So, returning to present time, I realize how an audiobook would have catapulted me to book-heaven as a teen. I could have closed my eyes and completely tuned-out, putting more imaginative and interesting stories into my world… if even for a moment.

By Lily Gianna Woodmansee; Executive Editor for Cactus Moon Publications