Tuesday, April 3, 2012


C is for Capture—as in someone’s imagination. What makes an artist different from another artist, a musician different from any other, a writer more interesting than the others? They have the ability to capture the attention of the viewer, listener, reader. Have you ever noticed, while browsing through a stack of paintings, one or two catches your eye? What is it about that particular painting that drew you in? What makes you buy one book and put another back on the shelf? You have to have something that captures the attention of the buyer. Ahh, but here’s the thing; people have different tastes and desires. What one person may see as beauty in art, another may not find it remotely attractive. So how do I build an audience, you may ask? Put your work out in as many places as you can. Increase your exposure. Find YOUR audience, and Capture their imagination.


Tracy said...

Hi James - During the last meeting of our local writers group, one of the presenters asked what was the last book that captured our attention to the point that when we stopped reading, we couldn’t believe how much time had gone by. In other words, what book took us out of "this" reality and put us into the story? He suggested re-reading those passages to learn what the author did to pull us in.

I thought it was pretty good advice. :)

Thanks for stopping by my blog earlier. Have fun during the A - Z Challenge!

Ermie said...

Just found you on the A-Z Challenge and I'm so glad I did!
It's easy to sit around dreaming about what we want to do, but it's not as hard as we sometimes think to actually go and do it. Great post!

Pixie said...

Hi James great post & good advice. Good luck with the A-Z challenge :o)

KarenG said...

To capture the imagination is a rare gift indeed. Excellent post!

Nice to meet you and I hope you're enjoying the Challenge.

A to Z Challenge Host

SherryE said...

Good advice. It can be challenging to capture an audience's attention with your imagination.

Laura Marcella said...

Hi, James! This is a great post. My thinking is that if you find something fascinating, someone else will too. If you love it, someone else will love it too. Not everyone, but someone! Write from your true self, what needs to be written, and it will find an audience.

Have a great weekend and happy A to Z!!

Kate O'Mara said...

Yes, capturing an audience... that is the goal isn't it. :)
A to Z: http://whenkateblogs.blogspot.com/