Saturday, September 10, 2016

The Sex Scene and 3 Rules of Writing To Ignore

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  1. lol It's funny, I just read this, and now I'm reading it with the captions on.

    But at least you expanded on what you mean. Show don't tell doesn't mean just dialogue vs. exposition. It's how you're giving that information. Was just in a workshop with an example of this. Instead of saying, "Brian is a plumber. He's really nice." You can show that by saying, "Brian finished cleaning out the pipe. He gave me the family discount even though I'm not related to him." Which shows both that he's a plumber and a nice guy.

    The more than one POV thing...Yeah, I break that, lol, but it's just got to be done well.

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    1. Well said, Deb. So true that you can only break a the one POV rule if it's executed well. Cheers!

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  2. So glad to hear more people speaking out about the "show don't tell" advice. Far too long it's become enshrined as writing law :( There is a place for exposition. Yes.

    As for one POV per manuscript. That is so far from sensible I can't actually imagine it being given as advice with a straight face.

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    1. What I meant was - sure you can write a story from just one POV, but to advise anyone that's the "best" way is just barmy. Sorry, it's late. Hit "Publish" too soon :)

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    2. I'm with you Mr. Botanist. I'm picking up what you're laying down. So true. Thanks!

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