I'd planned to write about metadiscourse for my "M" posting. Don't yawn. It's really an interesting topic. However, a good friend (thank you, Christina) sent me a link to a very interesting article in the New York Times. It has to do with how your mind processes words.
This is so cool. Brain scans have shown that when detailed descriptions, an evocative metaphor, or an emotional exchange is read our brains are stimulated.
Now wait a minute. I know that some of you are saying, "No duh. That's why romances are so popular."
Wait for it . . .
This article says that our minds process words that make us think about smells and brings about a response not only from our language processing area, but also those dealing with smell. But that's not all.
Words that describe motion also stimulate areas of the brain. This supports the premise that it's important to use active verbs that create an image such as: grasped and kicked.
Another very interesting find was that ". . . . the brain does not make a distinction between reading about an experience and encountering it in real life." Isn't that fascinating? That only goes to show how important good, solid writing is in terms of connecting with our readers.
If you're interested in making your writing stronger and come to life, you should read this article.
Okay, what author do you think uses great descriptions and active verbs that really draws in readers?