When I chose this word for my #AtoZChallenge post, I immediately began singing, "Silence is Golden". The message of the song is so sad, but lovely at the same time. And I began to wonder, is Silence Golden for Writers and Readers? Here's my answer...
For Writers: Silence means No
Shout out to Kirsten W. Larson @SubitClub who has started another round of Rejection Bingo!
The center square of this card is "Free Space: Silence means no"
That's why for many writers – Silence is not Golden.
Or is it?
Sometimes Silence doesn't mean no. It might mean
"My inbox is so full I can't see the bottom of it."
"Life Happened. I've been offline for a while dealing with it."
"Google decided all emails with 'Query' in the subject line were spam."
"Your email got lost in cyber space. I never received it."
So, how can you be sure it's really a "no"? Some do's and don'ts
So, as frustrating as silence can be for a writer, it really is often a necessary tactic for agents and editors.
For Readers: Visual Silence
Sometimes the whitespace or pause can be more effective than any words. I love when a wordless spread carries the story. Or when a page stops midsentence and you have to turn the page. As a reader, you can play with that pause to engage little listeners. For example,
If you do it with a twinkle in your eye, then your listeners will perk up and pay attention as you eventually do return to the story. Nothing more enticing then the possibility of NOT ever finding out – it makes you want it more.
That's why pauses are so delicious.
Yep, Silence is Golden after all.
Just in case any of my followers have never heard of the song "Silence is Golden", here it is:
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