Shadow in the Fore Revisited

This week we’re looking at foreshadowing: What is it? How can we use symbolism? And what’s this got to do with red-herrings? Tuesday – What is Foreshadowing? What do we mean by ‘foreshadowing’? Wednesday – Did I Say That? Using foreshadowing is a matter of implication Thursday – Simplifying Symbolism, What’s symbolism got to do with […]

Drama in Conflict Revisited

People always say that there is drama in conflict but what can be forgotten is that stability is needed too. As much you need to build the conflict in your character still needs something solid and reliable whether it’s a hobby, a place or a person. In many, though not all, stories it falls to […]

The Journey Revisited

Just as characters need an emotional life, as real people do, they need an emotional journey as well. In the case of romance fiction, which we have already discussed, the journey is the primary story but this doesn’t have to be the case, the journey can be the emotional interaction that the character has with […]

Falling in Love Revisited

There’s a lot to be learnt from the romance genre when we’re thinking about writing emotion. At the heart of it, the old cliché is one person meets another person, overcome obstacles while falling in love, and live happily ever after. I’m not saying that’s all romance novels are but let’s stick with the most […]

I Feel… Revisited

Sometimes it can be wrongly assumed that portraying emotion in fiction is a case of saying ‘I feel’ and if a character doesn’t say how they feel then they don’t feel. This is not the case in real life where a person can be feeling a huge array of things without saying anything. For example, […]

The Man in the Machine Revisited

Characters don’t live in an emotional vacuum they need an emotional journey the reader can relate to even if they are inferring it. By this I mean that a character doesn’t have to specifically state their emotional state, they may even be character that claims not to have one or we infer doesn’t. An example […]

Getting Emotive Revisited

This week we’re looking at emotion in fiction: What can we tell? What can we show? Does everything need to be in conflict? Tuesday – The Man in the Machine, Do we write emotions into machines or do we infer it? Wednesday – I Feel… Emotions in fiction go beyond what we tell readers characters feel. […]

Brick-By-Brick 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 – Dropping Breadcrumbs, Considering when showing may be more useful than telling. Wednesday – Death to Excess, Sometimes characters don’t pull their weight and create unnecessary distractions. […]

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 […]