Finding Flow

As we discussed earlier in the week description can be used to create pauses in narrative and varies depending upon style but description can also affect the flow of prose. The description we use affects the rhythm of a sentence which affects the flow of our proses. For example a long sentence of description might … Continue reading Finding Flow


Perceiving Personification

Personification is a type of metaphor or simile where we give something that isn’t human human traits. Such as comparing windows to eyes that are watching us, or saying a car is temperamental or quirky when a machine doesn’t have a temperament simply a mechanical fault. This gets slightly more complicated if we’re referring to … Continue reading Perceiving Personification

Making a Metaphor

Metaphors and similes can be very effective tools in description but what’s the difference? A simile is comparative, so we say something is like something else such as ‘the windows were like eyes’. A metaphor is saying something is something it isn’t such as ‘the windows were eyes’ (this is also personification which we’ll look … Continue reading Making a Metaphor

Describing a Pause

Description can be very useful for creating pauses in stories and slowing them down. This doesn’t mean the story stops. What we mean is that the pace changes, for instance we may have a flurry of activity, a moment where the protagonist thinks everything is done, and then another flurry. Alternatively we may have a … Continue reading Describing a Pause

A Matter of Style

There is no one way to do description. Description, like any other aspect of writing depends on the writer’s style. There are ways to manipulate description based on punctuation, word choice, and so on but ultimately how much or how little there is depends on the writer’s style. For instance, Hemmingway was very much bare-bones … Continue reading A Matter of Style

Dicy Description

This week we're taking another look at using description in fiction. Monday - A Matter of Style, The description we use can vary depending on style. Tuesday - Describing a Pause, Description creates a pause wherever it's placed. Wednesday - Making a Metaphor, Using metaphors and similes in description. Thursday - Perceiving Personification, Using personification in description. Friday - Finding Flow, Using description to … Continue reading Dicy Description

Establishing Relationships

Whether we’re writing new relationships or long-term ones we need to establish and develop them. Each relationship has its own jokes, shorthand, and history and we need to show this through what characters say and do. This is further complicated by the fact that characters in large friendship groups will interact with different friends in … Continue reading Establishing Relationships

Supporting the Network

Whether our characters are old friends or new friends, or a combination of both, it’s very possible that they will be part of a group. Sometimes this group remains mostly the same for the entire story, such as the crew of the original Star Trek television series, or sometimes it will have a core group … Continue reading Supporting the Network

The Long-Term Friendship

Where friends characters find along the way can present problems when we’re writing when characters have friends before the story begins this presents a different set of problems. The primary problem is backstory. However long these characters have been friends there will be a story of how they became friends, things they have done together, … Continue reading The Long-Term Friendship