Friday, December 30, 2011

Tricks of the Trade

Describe all externals in your story—settings, objects, other people, etc.—through the eyes of a character instead of through the "neutral" eyes of the narrator. 

This technique accomplishes three things:

1)      It keeps the narrator out of the picture. (The writer’s goal is to stay invisible.)
2)      It’s a time-saver: Readers get necessary descriptions of the character’s surroundings while learning about the character. This moves the story along faster.
3)      It’s a handy way to weave in back-story unobtrusively, without resorting to longer flashbacks that can break up the “now-ness” of the story.

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