Words of Wisdom I have collected from some People about Writing
1 Writing should be interesting but invisible. That wonderful turn of phrase or alliteration that makes the reader stop and go “wow!” takes them out of the story – is a distraction.
2 Choose details which imply other details.
(Discarded pizza boxes and empty pop tins littered the floor of Eli’s living room.)
3 Hide a description within an action. Don’t describe stuff. Describe things happening. ie. As he slunk into the living room, Eli chucked his Jays hat onto the chair.
4 Describe how something feels – not how it looks. Describe attitude. ie. She was a hundred and thirty pounds of sex, wrapped in a ten dollar dress, waiting for him to make the next move.
5 Don’t have scenes too on the nose – especially dialogue. It should often have subtext. Introduce something else in the scene that they talk about – all the while both know they are talking about each other, or their relationship or what the person did.
At the Mandarin – a young woman looking at the handsome young man’s plate – loaded with delicacies – “ Hey, I like what you’ve got there.”
Looks back at her with a smile – “ I like what you’ve got there too.”
6 Perk up a scene by changing something in a tired scene – the location, character.
7 The antagonist is never a villain in his own eyes – he believes what he is doing is justified.
8 If the story still makes sense without the scene, then it isn’t needed. However it may still be viable if it establishes a mood or develops a character.