Writers use the power of paradigm to great effect. An unexpected twist, a shift in how a character is perceived, a unique world view that leaps out of left field… The possibilities are endless.
I was once at a seminar where the presenter played a recording of what sounded like a New Age-y choir. There were many voices—men and women toning and harmonizing in a way that was interesting and lovely. It was one of the most beautiful things I’d ever heard. And then the presenter said, “What you just heard was a recording of grasshoppers…slowed down 10,000 times.”
Grasshoppers, folks. Talk about a paradigm shift! I experienced the connectedness and intelligence of life around me in a new and unexpected way. It was life-changing. When I now encounter a field of grasshoppers, I know that beneath the cacophony and seemingly randomness of sound, there is order.
This is the gift writers give readers: the pleasure of paradigm shifts and surprising perspectives that make a story even more enjoyable and compelling. And it all starts with funneling creativity and imagination into words on a page.
Now isn’t that just plain fun?