On The Flipside Revisited

While we might want to streamline our action and cut out unnecessary toing and froing there are parts that require description. I once read a book [Title redacted for protection of the not-so-innocent] where there was a big build up to the character breaking through a magic door, there was a lot about how difficult […]

I Did it Because… Revisited

Another trap that can be easily fallen into when writing action of any variety is the urge to have a character explain why they’re doing something. Now, this isn’t inherently bad, we may for instance have Character A interpret Character B’s actions and say to them, ‘I think you did this because…’ while Character B […]

Fixing the Fight Revisited

Fight scenes can be particularly difficult to write because there runs a high risk of repetitive action: punch, punch, kick, kick. That’s not to say that all fight scenes are like this, merely that it’s a risk. Another risk is a character overthinking an action. Do we need to know why they’re going to do […]

Implying Action Revisited

One of the ways to streamline our action is to consider what we can imply: is the action implied, or can we imply the same meaning with a different action? By the action being implied I mean something like a character crossing a room. For example, we may have two characters talking in a room […]

Streamlining Action Revisited

Action can be easily overwritten, and when I say action I don’t necessarily mean fight scenes. In this context I mean any sort of movement, and we all do it, whether it’s mentioning every time a character crosses a room, excessive shrugging, or every shade of smile. This isn’t a problem in a first draft, […]

Let’s Get Less Busy Revisited

This week we’re looking at writing our characters in motion including; the perils of over writing, the use of implication, and when the reader needs to see. Tuesday– Streamlining Action, the perils of overwriting action. Wednesday – Implying Action, sometimes an action, like crossing a room, is implied. Thursday– Fixing the Fight, the use of […]

Touching on Touch Revisited

As with any of the other senses touch can be used to convey a variety of things from repulsion to eroticism. If we put our hand in sludge the cold viciousness repels us, if we caress a lover’s warm skin it attracts us. This doesn’t mean we have to describe the feeling of everything but […]

Testing Taste Revisited

I have to say taste isn’t a sense I use very often in my work because I’m not very good at writing it, though I’m trying to improve. Which is fine, we can know the theory behind the writing even if we’re not very good at it ourselves and if we know it we might […]

Selecting Sound Revisited

Sound is all around us but a lot of it we ignore because it’s unnecessary or irrelevant to what we’re doing. Sound in fiction can be the same and if we use too much we can make a scene confusing. This doesn’t mean we can’t describe a lot of sound, we might have a character […]

Sensuality of Scent Revisited

I won’t pretend I get all the senses into my writing when I should. I’ll admit that there are episodes of Victorian Mistress where I look back and think I could’ve done something better. So I’m right there with you trying to work out the best way to describe scenes and how I can involve […]