That Invisible Point

I don't know how to put this well, but i'll take a wack. 

There is an agreed standard, a collective audience perceives certain things. 

For instance. Two characters see something. One makes a joke towards that "something." Now how do you make that "something" relate universally to your reader? 

Pop culture may play a role, and the invisible point can be time specific--meaning something at this point in the 50s, won't make as much sense as it does now. Though, if done well, it can still relate. 

The joke, or instance, will be weighed on an invisible scale, and the reader will decide if the scene rings true, or not. Is the joke funny? Would that particular character actually say something like that? 

So you have the popular joke that a majority of people get. Even those who don't totally get it understand the joke to some degree. Because it rings true, they've heard someone say it, or act this waywin life. 

It's like, have you ever read a story that something just doesn't seem right? You can't put your finger on it, but a feelingf or mood, is off. The characters are bland, or not acting the way they should? 

When you create that perfect formula, it's almost as if you are allowing your reader to eavesdrop in on someone's life. You have to make that person seem as real as possible. 

Comedians can do this pretty well, striking that point where you're either cool and get it, or not. They know what's cool whats not. Though, even they aren't perfect and may not be in tune with their audience. 

Okay, am I even making any sense here? 

Perhaps it's a matter of psychology, but if you can tap into this invisible point, you can create realistic stories. 

Perhaps figuring this out can help us get one step closer to having those stories that everyone wants to read. 

Either way, what do you think? Do you know the line that creates realism, or do you not even get what i'm saying? lol How do you interpret this post? 

Let me know in the comments below, or on Twitter @Wcmarchese 

Hope to see you there. 



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