An Eclipse Means Nothing Without This…

How’s it going? I should have mentioned something interesting in yesterday’s post about the coming eclipse, but I didn’t. So I’ll do that today.

Let’s get to it.

I didn’t actually get the materials together for a cereal box viewer to help with the eclipse viewing yesterday. Then I remembered my aunt was coming over to hang out, and she brought a pair of eclipse glasses with her. So I got to use those.

Even though it was cloudy out to begin with…

I got to see the eclipse.

Did we have 100% coverage/totality? Nope. I would have had to travel 3-4 hours south, and I wasn’t going to do that.

The sun basically looked like an orange fingernail clipping changing positions with a black space, for a while. And it felt really warm, too–I tried not to look more than 2-3 seconds at a time.

And for some strange reason, I kept thinking that the eclipse glasses (which looked like 3D glasses when they had red and blue lenses) were actually just cut and stretched trash bags (the lenses on these glasses were black).

We also watched live coverage of the eclipse on TV, which helped some, too. Things were a lot clearer because they had special cameras and reporters who could travel directly to the places with 100% coverage.

To give everyone a clearer picture.

Which brings me to the point for today actually.

When you’re creating experiences for your readers (a bit like the eclipse was for me), you want to do your best to be clear, and with some experiences, it’s hard to do that.

I tried to do that here, to give you a picture of how things turned out. But for an experience to be clear and memorable, it has to be relatable. Readers need a clear picture they can understand and get involved in, so they can share the experience with you.

If you’re writing fiction or an email, it’s easier to do this than when you’re describing an 85-ish% solar eclipse (at least I hope it is).

Until next time,



About Ty Mall

Thanks for stopping by. I've almost always been interested in writing, among other things. Along with discovering pop culture, I've uncovered a lot about the craft over the past 10 years. And whether you're a fiction writer or email copywriter, I'm here to pass on what I've found out. And have a ton of fun in the process.
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