Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Disney's Power of Persuasion

Angie here:

There's a rich symphony of emotion when you watch a Disney movie or hear the music. Chords of emotion play and Disney has it down to a science. We love the princesses and root for them to win love.
Ariel waves at Disney's Parade
So carefully crafted are the story lines, even the music swells to raise our invested interest or crashes into disharmonic mayhem to send us into a frenzy of tension in the black moment. It's Disney's power of persuasion.

As storytellers, we must be even more aware that our words need to carry a subtle melody. It's called musicality or poetic prose. When we use rhetorical device through rhymes, triples, and syncopation we are able to subconsciously sing with the reader. It's how we persuade the reader to invest in our characters and story.

There's many, many, many different ways to use the magic of musicality. But mastering a few at a time doesn't mean they have to be in the first draft. Write the story, then go back and edit rhythm and musical mystery into the manuscript. Manuscripts aren't polished until they hold the reader suspended in time. Time that has no sense of motion. Enveloped into the story world, the reader can't back out without the feeling of loss. A good story causes a sense of withdrawal. You can't stop thinking about the characters. You can't wait to get back to it. You can't stand putting the book down.

One more thing a good story does, it forces you to tell everyone. Like Disney's power of persuasion emotionally charges us to share the experience, the reader becomes the persuader of the experience the author provides... if we've charged them with emotion to connect to the characters.

I have to tell you that I started Lindi's book, Her Best Catch, tonight. I'm in withdrawal. I had to stop to write my blog post. And now the addiction is pulling me back into the story world like Ariel was pulled back into the underwater den. Ah, I have to go. I need to find out if Allison does catch her man.

What book has you itching to get back to it?
Did you pick out several rhetorical devices in this post?


  1. I "itch" to get back to ANY book I am to read! I enjoyed Her Best Catch so much!!
    Will enjoy Gems, also, upon its arrival.

  2. Angie, I can tell you're a student of Margie Lawson! :)

    I just finished a book I'm reading for my book club by Dorothea Benton Frank called Plantation. Oh my stars, I did NOT want that book to end. I feel like I've been on a journey to Charleston and the surrounding areas. I was entrenched and already miss the characters.

  3. Hi Jackie,
    I'm excited to hear you ordered Gems. Thank you! I got to chapter 13 of Her Best Catch last night and had to sleep. I hate it when sleep gets in the way!

    Yep, Missy, I love Margie's teaching. She's a huge reason I was published and am selling articles and devotions. It was like someone drew a line in the sand and said, "this side is publishable work so jump on over here."

    Is Plantation historical or contemporary? Reading historicals right now for my genre due to writing in that arena with Lucky's Draw.


  4. Love this concept, Angie... edit the rhythm back into the draft. Do you write while listening to music. I prefer it if I can. Music of the period I'm writing or songs that resonate a similar theme. I love music and am inspired by it.

  5. Angie, I used to buy books that were long, because I figured that if I loved them it would take longer to finish reading them and then I could spend a lot longer with the characters :)

    Hope everyone is enjoying a nice week :)