Thursday, November 19, 2009
The Writer's Plague - Where the Heck Are These People?
Country, city, ocean desert? Which and we have to make it interesting, colorful and engaging.
Think about this simple sentence. Mary ran after Jim.
As for Jim, why's she running after him; I mean how is he moving away from her? Walking, driving a Ferrari, a VW bus? Riding in a carriage or taking off in a spaceship. Maybe he was kidnapped by Aliens? Is he moving at a 'furious' gait, simply strolling, or being whisked away?
Another thing to consider when describing your location is to keep in mind the sensory details that make it the place it is. Are leaves and twigs slapping Mary in the face as she runs? If she's running in an old warehouse is there a distinctive smell? Is she following in the wake of Jim's Old Spice aftershave? Maybe, if they're in a zoo there are animal smells wafting on the air.
All of these things add flavor and texture to your story.
And, again, that famous tightrope. How much is enough and how much is too much? That, dear writer is for you to decide. You want enough to be engaging, but not so much that the reader is thinking, "enough already, get on with the story!"
And, by the way, a great cover on my Ebook adult fantasy, Stormrider. This was one where I really hand fun with laying in the background. Check it out and follow the link to an excerpt.