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 […]

Seeing Beyond Sight Revisited

It’s easy to forget when we’re writing that description is more than what a character sees; it’s sound, smell, touch and taste too. Alternatively a character may be missing a sense, or have an impaired sense, and, particularly if we’re writing in first person, this will inform the description. A hearing impaired character will focus […]

Showing the Senses Revisited

This week we’re looking at different ways to describe our setting; the idea that description is more than what characters can see and the effects different senses can have. Tuesday- Seeing Beyond Sight, description is more than sight. Wednesday- Sensuality of Scent, scent can used to invite or repulse. Thursday- Selecting Sound, using sound to create […]

Exposition By Character Revisited

When I say exposition by character I don’t necessarily mean exposition where one character explains something to another, though this is a perfectly valid technique, but what I mean is character moments. We can reveal a lot about a character through what they say and do, particularly when they interact with other characters. While we […]

Exposition by Footnote Revisited

We can use footnotes in fiction, a lot of early novelist from the UK and Ireland used them, but they can be tricky to employ in modern fiction. Nowadays the footnote is largely associated with academia either referencing book titles or inserting extra information about a subject. The problem with footnotes is that it can […]

Exposition By The Chapter

Is it a bad thing to do exposition by the chapter? Not always. Exposition by the chapter may be problematic if we’re writing ‘this happened because’ or ‘this works like that because’ and is simply a long explanation of something in the story. However, a chapter of exposition might be a flashback or a side-story. […]

Necessary Versus Unnecessary Revisited

Some exposition that may be considered ‘trivial’ and may be referred to as ‘unnecessary’ in the sense that it is not necessary for the main plot to function but it expands the world of the story. But is there anything that is actually ‘unnecessary’ exposition? Rather than ‘unnecessary’ perhaps ‘misplaced’ would be a better word. […]

What’s This ‘Exposition’? Revisited

Exposition is the act of revealing information to the reader; it’s generally associated with information that is required for the story to function, but can also include ‘non-essential’ information. We may say that ‘essential’ information is the knowledge of the consequences of the adventure: In Lord of the Rings isn’t destroyed Sauron will rule the […]

Exposing Exposition Revisited

This week we’re going right back to the articles that ran the same week as the first chapter of Nine Shillings and looking at exposition. While on the subject of Nine Shillings look out for the announcement of the release of the paperback and ebook version featuring bonus story, Monster, Mine, coming in the next few months. Tuesday- What’s This […]