choreographing the Aleutian cackling goose

Exposition is risky - and necessary. At it's best exposition provides critical back story, or foreshadowing, it can enhance character development and help to convey place, time, and atmospheric subtleties¬†that are not appropriate for dialogue. Used with patience, pacing and economy, exposition feels 'invisible' to the reader, it enhances story without intruding. A good way … Continue reading choreographing the Aleutian cackling goose

getting your backstory straight

Backstory is history that helps your reader to better understand the motivations and inner lives of your characters, it can help them to care about and identify with your characters. Unlike a history lesson, backstory should be brief, giving enough information to enlighten, without disrupting the forward motion of the story. When deciding where to … Continue reading getting your backstory straight

Tag Lines – look who’s talking

Effective dialogue gives the illusion of real speech. Dialogue is edited speech, organized and directed, while retaining the style of real-life speech.¬† It should be lean and brief. When writing dialogue, it is important to be clear about who is talking, so we use tag lines such as the she said/he said device to distinguish … Continue reading Tag Lines – look who’s talking