So lately what I’ve been reading about is how to incorporate the world around your character into your story telling. For me writing the story is easy, but getting the surroundings nailed down so that a reader can understand ‘our’ perspective is often challenging.
Some people treat Scene it as if it were a main character, going into elaborate detail. Some treat it like a secondary character, while others give it only a minimalist approach.
I have to admit that generally I’ve treated Scene like it resided in the trunk of my car. After some further reading and studying, I’ve come to the conclusion that according to my particular style of writing that I should at least bump it up to backseat passenger.
As I reader I often let the scene evolve in my mind and have never stopped to consciously think about what helped or what was missing. Now as I go through my rewrite, I am focusing on this issue quite a bit more than I have in my previous attempt (which has prompted my tip of the week).
How do you all approach Scene in your own writing? And what type of Scene style do you prefer to read?
Tammy’s Tip of the Week
After you’ve written a particular segment, say the interior of a house, the layout of a building, whatever it may be, have someone read it and then draw it! I had a complicated layout of a ranch with many buildings, and the interior of a large horse barn, so after writing it I gave it to my hubby and had him ‘sketch out’ how he visualized the scene. Not only was it a wonderful learning tool, but quite fun! You might be surprised to discover how others interpret your vision. Now, I like to leave room for a readers mind, so I didn’t correct the things that really weren’t important, I only focused on the parts where I wanted people to pay attention.
I hope that you will try this exercise, and if you do, please pop in and lemme know how it worked out for you! 🙂