Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Writing Tip

Stuck in the 'tell not show' rut? It's something I struggle with...especially when switching between scripts (where you are trying to be clear with stuff the end reader won't see) and prose.

Here's a good...but tough exercise: Draw your story.

Take plain paper, split it into panels, and just draw out a very short story...without using one single word. (Don't worry if you can't draw to save your life - stick figures are fine). By banning yourself from words, you engage the more pictorial side of your brain and are restricted to what an observer 'sees'. (Not that you can only write what is seen, but by focusing on what is seen and shown, you'll break the 'tell' rut).

Sketching can also help break through writer's block.