Dropping Breadcrumbs Revisited

Readers like a chance to work things out for themselves and infer meaning. By favouring showing over telling we give the reader a chance to build their own story within ours. As with any aspect of storytelling we have to find a balance within our writing but nobody can tell you what that is, you […]

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. […]

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 […]

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 […]