Saturday, May 01, 2010

Through the Reader's Eyes

One of my readers put together a dreamcast video for characters from my Darkyn series and posted it on YouTube (for those of you at work, there's also a soundtrack, so watch your speakers.)

Things like this give me the rare opportunity to see my characters (and by extension, my work) through the eyes of a reader, which is always interesting and often surprising. Writers do wonder how our vision of the story translates in someone else's mind;, but mostly what we hear are opinions (which are fine but can't become part of the writing experience.) Once in a while, though, something like this video will come along to give us what is hardly ever described -- the reader's vision.

You can't buy something like this or even ask for it; your editor won't give it to you and neither will your agent. You can only hope that your stories will inspire a reader to share their vision with you. Which is why it all comes back to the work: give your readers your best, always, and with a little luck your vision will truly become a reciprocal experience.

(My thanks to crimsonfrosst for creating the lovely video, and L. for the heads-up.)


  1. Very cool and I love the theme song.

  2. I like John! ;)

    Awesome vid, and it's always interesting to see what other people's ideas of the characters are and how they compare to mine.

  3. Wow, that is really awesome! Getting reader's feedback, whether it be through direct communication or online reviews, feels great, especially if it's positive feedback. It lets you know that you're on the right track with your writing and inspires you even more. :)

  4. What a great tribute. Fantastic. (just wish I knew the name of the song)