So I had an epiphany today,
I realized that when you’re writing a book, right, you essentially have to world build. While you are world building ultimately you have an opportunity–through a concerted use of words, of syntax, of descriptions, and more–to comment on large scale environmental feelings. Atmosphere right. There’s something about environment in a book that offers the opportunity to speak on the zeitgeist in almost more abstract way. Let me break this down for you, let’s say you’re writing a book about a government that is constantly watching its people right? Well, then abstractly creating the feeling–the pure essence–of paranoia to essentially haunt your book is a wonderful way of hitting all of those buttons that legitimate paranoia hits. Perhaps, you could misuse certain words that seems intentional, or the events throughout the book, even the most extemporaneous, all subtly contribute to the overall feeling. Perhaps you wanna reflect the energy of a country or a place or a time, you can do so in a more abstract way than just re-telling history or reaching for specific examples. Being able to use this at your disposal means there’s an opportunity for literary alchemy, a chance to stir feelings within your readers either in conjunction with the rest of the book or even in contrast. This obviously might be something that a lot of people are already aware of, and I think atmosphere in books is definitely harped on, but I also think that utilizing atmosphere and understanding the way that it kind of permeates the overall experience by touching every word and enveloping the plot, is important. Atmosphere can offer a way of creating a more distilled version of whatever emotional transmission you are attempting with your novel.