We have talked about social media and platforming. We've talked about the normal mistakes in a manuscript, but we haven't discussed, to me anyway, the hardest creative writing to do-show, don't tell.
I'm sure all of you have heard this phrase at one time or another. Either your teacher, or critique partner, even your editor. It's the one that none of us want pointed out because it involves having to put your brain into overdrive. Trust me, that's what it does to my sister and I.
But if you can show, instead of tell a scene or description of a scene, it will draw your reader into your story. For example:
The blood stained the carpet--The smell of copper lingered as she pushed open the bedroom door. The odor rising from the crimson stain that assaulted the plush oriental design covering the oak-wood floor.
Okay, so I'm not the greatest at it either, but you get my meaning...I think. The point is, the blood stained the carpet is boring. It really doesn't give a description to take a reader into the scene. One of the ways to get more scripted is to use the five senses. Touch, taste, smell, hear, and see. Smell is one of the easiest to use in descriptions, such as the 'copper' smell.
We are all guilty of taking the easy route when describing a scene. Try to explain 'The moon shone through the trees' in another way. A way that you could look up and see it as though you were actually there.
If you can take your reader into a battle scene, or a love scene with a better choice of words, then you are a great writer, instead of 'just' a writer. If you can help them to smell or taste as apposed to telling them 'He ate an apple', you have hit the nail on the head...so to speak.
The next time you find yourself writing a scene, stop and think about how you describe it. Once you have found the exact words and then read it out loud, you will be thrilled at how wonderful it sounds.
There are writers that are masters at this. There are writers that are masters at POV shifts too. We all have our strong suits, but if we can master all the creative writing techniques, we will then be the 'great' writers we are striving to be.
What are your strong suits when writing? Dialog, scenes, descriptions, hooks?
Leave me a comment and let me know your thoughts on this subject, and no teasing my description of the blood on the carpet...just kidding!
Have a wonderful week everyone and I look forward to reading your comments.