The best part of writing is that you try to express your thoughts and feelings through the medium of words. As experts in communication have pointed out since long, what you write does not necessarily come across to the reader in the way you meant it to. Rather, it ‘s the reader who decides how she will interpret what you have written. A hallmark of excellent writing is when the writer can get the reader to be in sync, as it were, with his thoughts and feelings even if he writes about a character in a novel.In this context, I was fascinated to read in the New York Times recently about this experiment involving the Dutch author Arnon Grunberg. How this experiment will pan out remains to be seen. The results will kick in only when the researchers track how exactly readers responded to Mr. Grunberg’s writing.
In any case, it is an exciting idea, and I for one, look forward to tracking this story.