For my entries in the 2012 A to Z Challenge, I will be focusing on writing elements that I find important and that I want to incorporate into my work.
Today, the topic is X-FACTOR.
I think that with art, sometimes the entire reason why a piece speaks to me can't be determined.
Why do I like one piece of music over another that is similar? Why does a one painting stay with me longer than another that is much like the first one? What makes one movie have more impact on me than another similar one?
And in writing: Why do I care more for one piece of fiction over another piece with a similar style?
I could go through my entire A-to-Z list so far and rate the pieces on each element – believability, characterization, dialogue, and so forth. But I think there are times where all these would be so close as to not make a difference, or would all even out, and I would still be left with no clear reason why the one piece resonated more with me than the other one.
I could just ascribe it to personal taste, and I think that's a part of it, but I believe there is still some undefinable quality that the one story has that the other one doesn't. It's something unquantifiable, elusive, and mysterious.
It's what gives a special work that spark of magic; it's what moves it from something that is very good into something that is enchanted, transcendent, and powerful.
Well, in keeping with the theme of my A-to-Z Blogging Challenge posts, this extraordinary 'X-Factor' is definitely something that I want to incorporate into my writing.
The problem is that I don't think it's possible to consciously do it. The magic either happens or it doesn't.
Unfortunately, in most cases, it doesn't.
But I still want it.
What about you? Do you think there is some elusive, undefinable X-Factor that can give a piece something magical? How do you capture it?
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