Thursday, 4 August 2011

Every creator painfully experiences the chasm between...

Every creator painfully experiences the chasm between his inner vision and its ultimate expression.  The chasm is never completely bridged.  We all have the conviction, perhaps illusory, that we have much more to say than appears on the paper.  ~Isaac Bashevis Singer

Part two of the workshops commence. So yesterday you were tapping into your subconscious and experiencing your characters and today you are describing. In a good article put together by roselle angwin she suggests that you find a place where you can see the horizon and describe the following:

1)      The foreground- just a few meters away from where you are sitting
2)     The middle distance
3)     The horizon
4)     Over the horizon
5)     Very close and detailed

So by making all these descriptions- and remember here you want to bring out any inhibitions- you want the words to just flow and be as descriptive as you like- you will develop your writing skills, so your readers will be able to see what you see. It can often be difficult when we write for people to see things vividly. Of course you don’t wan a bad case of telling and not showing but you do want your readers mind to be captivated. Remember most people like reading because it is a form of escapism- from the lunch hour reader to the ‘few chapters before bed’ reader. You have to set the scene for your reader. At the same time leaving some items for them to imagine- you don’t want to take away all the fun for them. There is an art in creating this balance! You just need to know how to do it! This exercise is definitely a good start.

Happy writing!

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