One of my problems in writing is "telling" instead of "showing"... Another problem is that I'm too brief with my descriptions. Some books I've read have taken 10 pages to describe a dress... I don't want to over do it, but I would like to be more descriptive than I am. If anyone knows of books or exercises that can help me in these areas, lay 'em on me.
Last Edit: Mar 18, 2005 20:20:49 GMT -6 by Joxcenia
Post by hollygolightly on Mar 20, 2005 9:13:41 GMT -6
Another problem is that I'm too brief with my descriptions. Some books I've read have taken 10 pages to describe a dress... I don't want to over do it, but I would like to be more descriptive than I am. If anyone knows of books or exercises that can help me in these areas, lay 'em on me.
i know this problem because i have the same. what i do, and this is not an expert advise but my own thing, i take an object or person and describe it as long as nothing is left to describe. something...an indoor plant or the expression of a face on a picture, anything goes. well, i guess it is probably not the best exercise but it helps me and if i find some books or information i'll let you know, and please let me know as well if you find something.
I think my problem is that I'm lazy... When the story is flowing, I don't want to take the time to gather the background because I could/would lose what I haven't written down yet. Then once it's written, I tend to view it as "written in stone", and don't wish to edit for fear of losing the "meat" of the story. Editing is truly the "hard work" of writing, I think.
I probably should go through each scene and write what's going on around what I've written and how the characters act/react to what's going on around them and what is being said between/around them, and then add the best of it to the story. But that means I have to really "work" at writing, and it isn't something done for fun. I guess it's time to think of this as a job, and not as a hobby.
Okay, I bought this book and got it in the mail today. There are exercises at the end of each chapter, so I'll be adding them to the Exercises Board. I've only read the first chapter, but that alone is worth the price.
I think Books-A-Million is the cheapest, but feel free to check out other bookstores. You'll find a list here. Make sure you get the Second Edition.
Last Edit: Jun 23, 2005 15:16:55 GMT -6 by Joxcenia
There are two basic methods of revealing a character in fiction: showing and telling. Sometimes it is most efficient for the narrator just to tell the reader about a character. But do not overrely on telling.
Revealing information through showing is generally more interesting than telling about it, because showing gives the reader more with which to engage actively. The bulk of characterization should come through showing characters to the reader.
Telling, Not Showing. This was a major weakness in the stories I read. Telling a story results in flat, lifeless prose that bores readers and can lead to a judgmental, lecturing writing style. Don't say the monster was scary, describe how "drool dripped over its scaly lips" and let the readers make up their own minds. Draw readers in by showing events as they unfold and characters as they develop.
Last Edit: Jul 5, 2005 17:06:43 GMT -6 by Joxcenia