Today, I wanted to share with you another workshop that I found utterly fascinating, extremely helpful for future creativity and a heck of a lot of fun. My friend, Mary Buckham is a genius when it comes to sharing knowledge and presenting facts that - when explained properly - make so much sense.
1 – Show characterization
2 – Show details
3 – Reveal emotion and build tension
4 – Set up backstory
5 – Foreshadow conflict
6 – Make a sequence active
7 – Can be written as a character
- The time of day
- Where the characters are
- How much time has passed
I’ll give you an example of what I mean by time passing. Rather than falling back on those same old transitional phrases we all use such as: Sometime later… or Days passed… let’s try writing a setting such as Mary suggests.
By the time the cops released Anne, the fresh red roses she’d purchased the day of her arrest were wilted, the stems congealed in slimy green water.
Do you see what I mean? By showing the state of the roses, the reader knows that Anne must have been held for days.
I’ve been playing with this setting stuff and it’s kinda fun. You’ll use more words, it’ll take some thought but it really can add a lot more oomph to your story. **If you write suspense or thrillers, you might want to be careful not to slow down the tempo especially in an action scene.