W is for Working with Resonance by Turtle Ferret #AtoZChallenge

What is April A to Z?

Every April, bloggers from all over the world participate in the April A to Z blog challenge, and you can too. It’s a lot of fun and it’s a great way to meet other bloggers.

To play along, all you do is make a blog post for each letter of the alphabet during April, then visit as many other bloggers as you can. For the 4th year in a row, the StoryDam’s theme is writing and inspiration from our Story Dam community. We hope you enjoy them!

W is for Work with Resonance

“The bigger the issue, the smaller you write. Remember that. You don’t write about the horrors of war. No. You write about a kid’s burnt socks lying on the road. You pick the smallest manageable part of the big thing, and you work off the resonance.” -Richard Price

For Working With Resonance:

Keep focus on where you want the impact and write as little as possible about it.

As a writer and reader, I’ve written and read scenes drawn out past the point of necessity. So many details and purple prose where the simple sentences would have worked better.
In my plight to be better at what I do and in what I read, this quote is a reminder that the heart of a scene resonates best when it murmurs, not beats.

It helps to think about this quote beside another: “Keep it simple, stupid.”

Bio: TurtleFerret is a Graphic Designer who writes in Urban and Epic fantasy. Other interests include horror, videogames, werewolves, and screaming. Turtle can be found on Twitter (@turtleferret) and Pinterest (@amayaturtle)


For more A to Z Posts, check out the #StoryDam Team Member Blogs:

Patricia Lynne is blogging about “Strange Feelings” for her 2017 A to Z theme.
Tui Snider shares daily “Homemade Creativity Memes” featuring her iPhone photos for this year’s challenge.

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Tui Snider is an author, speaker, and photographer who specializes in quirky, haunted, and downright bizarre destinations. As she puts it, “I used to write fiction – but then, I moved to Texas!” Snider's writing and photography have been featured in a variety of publications, including Coast to Coast AM, FOX Travel News, LifeHack, Langdon Review, the City of Plano, Wild Woman Waking, Shades of Angels and more. Snider’s award-winning books include Paranormal Texas, The Lynching of the Santa Claus Bank Robber, and Unexpected Texas. Snider has several more books in progress, including a Field Guide to Cemetery Symbols and a book about the Great Texas Airship Mystery of 1897. Tui has worn a lot of hats in her life – literally – and is especially fond of berets. She enjoys connecting with writers and readers all over the globe through social media, her newsletter and her website: TuiSnider.com.


  1. I really, really love this quote! It’s “meaty.” Even with nonfiction, I can see how working with resonance is helpful for making readers care. Thanks again, Turtle Ferret! 😀

  2. Ooh! I’m so glad I landed close to this post on the list today!

    Resonance is something I’m trying to get better at – I’ve tended to go at things with a battering ram, and am learning to tread more softly. This was well timed.

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    I’ll be back later in the year to read the rest of your posts.

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