A very wise man pointed out centuries ago that in religious practices one must be committed to his beliefs in both mind and spirit.
This commitment of mind and spirit is essential in other walks of life too. Our relationships might benefit from steadfastness, for example. Where would Olympic athletes be without an all consuming focus on perfecting their performances?
When a writer uses her mind and spirit to produce her stories we readers are treated to rich plots and very human characters. We feel everything happening to our characters. We experience love or hate for the characters. When their hearts break, we cry with them. We root for them or against them. We have a stake in their lives and in the outcomes of their actions.
A writer who isn't using both his mind and heart to write his stories is shortchanging his readers and himself.
The next time you read a story, see if you can tell whether or not the writer fully committed himself to his storytelling.
I'll bet you can!
Fran Shaff, Award-Winning Author