July 2nd, 2010

Fessing up to ... scenery FAIL

One of the things I've been struggling with as a writer has been "white room syndrome". I am apparently quite good at making characters be real and strong and coherent, but it's very hard for the reader to understand where the character is, what their environment is.

I've been considering that I'm writing as if you can see what I see -- and since the reader can't, I need to do a better job laying out it. Very simple, see? Not so much.

I learned Wednesday night that this is categorically untrue. Why? Because I was bored in class and to entertain myself I decided to write six adjectives or descriptive phrases about the background/room/environment for each scene in Children.

Guess what... I couldn't do it. I slammed hard into a wall trying to do this. I did complete the exercise, but it took me over an hour to do this simple exercise for 12 scenes. It was probably the hardest thing I've done as a writer.

No, really, Jo... you don't know the background for your scenes. You are so in love with your characters and their interactions that you ARE operating in a white room.

It's time to put my head down and address this.

Originally posted at http://jorhett.dreamwidth.org/4608.html. You can comment there using OpenID, or here if you prefer.
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