Exposition is an explanatory account. It is a necessity in creative writing, that, at some point you'll need to explain something - to do with:
It is essential, in my view, to avoid this feeling. Readers tend to put books down when this happens.
SO - HOW DO WE GET AROUND THE PROBLEM?
Firstly, we should write exposition as scene (bring it into the present tense and make it a happening event)
Secondly, narrate a scene through the voice of a secondary character - this is particularly effective when describing important events in the past that are effecting the action in the present.
Lastly, keep it moving. Do not, says Hilary Mantel, 'stand to tell the story' - I like this because it's an image that we should avoid - we're not lecturers. Readers are alongside us - we're whispering in their ears, not treating them as remote individuals. Hilary says the 'the ground should be hot beneath your feet.' Please keep it so.
We looked at some line-editing skills today.
Tension has 4 styles:
Relationship / Task / mystery / surprise
1. Dialogue should always have inflection to reflect relationship tension (rise to point of crisis)
if two people are at odds - use shorter responses, less need for attribution and direction
2. Task tension works best by placing obstacles in front of your main protagonist, and just keep putting them there. TIP - don't always have an answer or solution as to how your character will resolve the crisis.
3. Mystery tension - use dramatic irony, let the reader see the misunderstandings of your protagonist - let them scream at the page.
4. Surprise tension (where's the twist?) Work at it being a surprise to you too. If you're surprised by what your protagonist has done, the reader will be too.
1. What is plot?
2. How many different types of plot are there?
3. Can a story be more than one type of plot?
1. Plot is more than just the sum of what happens, it is WHY it happens, the consequences of events. The thread of meaning that links all events together in a cohesive whole.
E.M. Forster said: 'The King died. The Queen died. Is not plot. The king died, the Queen died of grief, is plot.
2. There are 7 plots: Tragedy, Voyage and Return, Comedy, Good vs Evil, Rags to Riches, Quest, Rebirth.
3. Yes, a story can be more than one plot.
It's a good idea to have sub plots to add wider dimensions. King Lear is a tragedy, but you can also see elements of Rebirth and Quest - but probably not Comedy, although the Fool does have his moments...
At Totnes this morning we began our first session of Phase 2 of the course.
We covered Conceptual Structure and examined
The best methods for conveying conceptual structure are:
Line editing skills.
It is often difficult to suggest to writers which editing skills are most appropriate for them. In the main, the basic principle of all editing is that writing should be coherent. Fiction writers should aim to express themselves in the simplest terms possible. However, writers can have a tendency to:
Some self-published authors believe that their work is worthy of being read by someone other than themselves, but have not taken care to edit their writing sufficiently for it to make basic sense.
It is important to have your writing put through a filter. You must subject it to critique from other writers. Sometimes a fresh pair of eyes can make a big difference.
Once you begin line-editing and re-drafting you grow in stature as a writer because you develop a self-awareness. You begin to grasp the strengths and weaknesses of your work and, if you're not too self-obessessed, make the necessary changes to make your reader more comfortable. It is, after all, their time and effort that must go into the reading of your creation. Please give them more consideration.
Meeting with The Manor House writers today, at Dawlish. It's a free taster session. We will be looking at Character. I have asked the group to consider the following question: What is Character? In the session I will explore the 4 questions of character. I will also take the group through the analysis of 4 characters and show the different ways that the writers have constructed these characters.
Then it's time for cake and tea...
In today's opening session we covered the following creative writing topics:
1. How Writing Starts, 2. Imagery Tool Kit 3. The four questions of Character
How Does Writing Start?
It starts with an idea - a universal thought that needs exploration. 2. Writing moves on to become the presentation of the idea in a new scenario. This scenario may be shedding new light on an idea that is not likely to be original. From the new scenario, new things happen that shed new light on the familiar idea.
For example: the book Jaws, is not about a shark that eats people. If it was, the reader would soon tire of the repetitive nature of - beach scene - sea - bather - shark attack. How many times does this sequence need repeating. So the book's heart must be somewhere else.
The Imagery Tool Kit
This tool kit gives techniques that can be used to get the most out of your use of imagery. In short:
We explored what character is and asked the 4 essential questions that should be applied for every character drawn by a writer. They are:
'A man is only himself amidst the particular circumstances of his life.'
Writer and creative writing course teacher, Benedict Brooks invites you to share in his story and progress to becoming a successful author.