Thursday, June 2, 2011

My ABC's of Writing: Brought to You by the Letter D


Today's entry is brought to you by the letter "D." For the first time, I'm not thanking anyone.


The writer's job is to tell a story. But plotting, pacing, characterization, and setting are nothing without description. I may not spend three chapters describing the glorious beauty of a sunrise, but I can pick out little details about people and places that help them come alive.

With no pictures or panoramic shots to show, we are responsible for helping readers see in their head what we see in ours. Yes, it won't always be the exact same thing (although sometimes it will be), but we have to give them the sense of something. And writers can do that in all sorts of ways, from colors and clothing to sights, sounds, and smells, to the way a character walks, talks, or fidgets.

It's all in the description.

PREVIOUS ENTRIES:

A is for AGENT
B is for BETA READERS
C is for CRITIQUE GROUP

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