Think Forest, Not Trees

What are you thinking when you write a blog post, an essay, a short story, or a book? Maybe along the way, it’s writing that one sentence, the perfect one-liner “hook” to make readers want to read more.  If you succeeded, readers might pause, reflect and enjoy that kind of genius, but would they want to hear more of the story? I think those readers have stopped to admire the “trees” that stand out among the forest! But, would they keep going with you to the end. Maybe, out of reciprocity friendship, they’d click like and make a “how nice” comment. However, what you need to aim for is a step above, that they “want to hear more of your story.” Then you’ve got them into the forest with you and onto a great adventure. Sure, they liked the trees, but they wanted more! Bravo!

Just for a little fun and whimsy, let’s rev up the “visual”  forest adventure and go beyond the green or autumn trees clumped together, and think Enchanted Forest with gold, pink, purple, blue and green swirling hues. Now, in my “book” that’s max abstract imagination almost a sure thing to get readers reading to The End of any post, essay, story or book!

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About C.E.Robinson

Sunny southern California has been home for the past 25 years, a transplant from the east coast, Europe, Asia, and the northwest. In 2014 I retired as a nurse practitioner to be a stay-at-home writer, co-author, and blogger. From the blog beginning, Before Sundown has been honored with awards, and blog tours. I’m ever grateful for my dedicated worldwide followers who like, share and tweet posts. Before Sundown’s Welcome Page is full of glorious sunsets and sunrises. The New Featured Monthly Sunrise or Sunset Header and mini-bio promote and support blogger friends. What better way to keep the blog theme, “remember what made you smile” than to give visitors something to smile about! http://cerobinsonauthor.com
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24 Responses to Think Forest, Not Trees

  1. Jodi says:

    good advice Christine.

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  2. What a fun post, Christine! If they want to read more, it’s a great sign 🙂 I like those images too!

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    • C.E.Robinson says:

      Thanks, Christy! Apparently, that’s the key to success with publishers too, not just readers. Don’t need to be witty or long winded, just to the point, Publishers are too busy and won’t wade through fluff words! Christine

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  3. Sammy D. says:

    Great analogy, and so true !

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  4. Love the forests. I’d walk through any of them, admiring those trees.

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  5. masgautsen says:

    Very good advice and I love the images,

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  6. You’re so right about that first line, Christine, but that first page that draws you in…that’s the magic. Great advice. The forest images are so lovely. ☺ Van

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    • C.E.Robinson says:

      Van, you’re right about the first page, even the first chapter. There needs to be a few heart-stopping trees that stand out! Then the breath-taking adventure walk into the Enchanted Forest! Thanks so much for your comment! Christine

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  7. This is a much needed advice – “Think Forest, Not Trees” – Every subsequent words make absolute sense.

    Thank you.

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  8. I don’t know why I always thirst for colors… but this post was a welcome refreshment on this cold snowy day. Thank you Christine. Nicely done. Hugs!

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    • C.E.Robinson says:

      Thanks so much, Teagan! Seems words and color go best together for me. When I start to write something I think, now what photos/color will go with that. Know you are “snowed” in so to speak and dealing with winter’s rage on the east coast. Stay warm and cozy! Christine

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  9. What a great analogy! Makes perfect sense 🙂

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  10. sheldonk2014 says:

    This is exactly what I aim for,to stop and provoke,to evoke all my writing and art work is done with that in mind,great post

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  11. Sartenada says:

    We love forests. Our previous home was surrounded by pine trees. In summer, we stared them from our terrace and made nice walks. In that forest, there were mushrooms and blueberries. It was a great joy to pick up them.

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    • C.E.Robinson says:

      Thanks so much for your visit and comment. I share the love of pine trees too! As a child I lived in the Pine Tree State of Maine. My grandmother’s resort, Sunset Inn was on Kezar Lake and the cottages were surrounded by pine trees. Such a tranquil setting. Love that memory! 💛 Elizabeth

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