By C. S. Lakin
The last couple of weeks, I’ve been talking about the importance of mastering how to “show” effectively in your writing. This is one of the key things that will make or break your novel.
Meaning: if you don’t master this technique, it’s likely your novels will never see success.
Readers just don’t want to mull through pages of explanation, boring detail, lengthy narrative, excessive backstory.
They want to “watch” the story unfold before their very eyes. And the best way to do this is by using cinematic technique.
Let me share one last excerpt with you, and I’ll get off my soapbox:
Haven’t you read scenes in which two people are sitting somewhere (and you’ve probably not been told where) and just talking? The dialog goes on for pages, and maybe some of it is interesting, but you can’t picture where these people are, what the setting is like, what they look like. Or maybe you have more description than you want—of the restaurant and their clothes and hair and the noise and smells inside. But still . . . nothing happens.
I’m not talking about physical action.
And this is an important distinction. See More . . .