Friday, December 16, 2011

Borrow Film Techniques

by e. lee caleca

There are any number of scenarios your characters can get into as they go about their daily lives. Don't bore the reader and worse, don't cause the story to drag by adding content or filler which does not, in some way, move the plot.

As you allow the story to unfold, you may find it going in a direction you hadn't anticipated. If you have an ending in mind, it may be more difficult to guide and manipulate the story's direction but that doesn't mean it can't be done.

Borrowing film techniques can help you. Movie scenes show physical action and movement. Try slowing the scene down in your mind, as if you are watching a movie in slow motion, then write as much detail as you can. Later, come back and edit leaving only the most vivid details.

Writing for the story doesn't mean the story will write itself. The pen will not guide your hand. It is work and it needs to be focused work. The focus is on the story not the audience, the agent's suggestions, the money, or the market. The fiction that comes from writing this way will be worth telling and will have a wider audience. Isn't that what all writers hope for?