New story: Precinct 11, 10:28pm
So, I’ve discovered at work that there are others who want to learn to write good and maybe do other stuff good too. This means I suddenly have a writing group that meets physically and discuss our work! Consequently I’m hopeful that my writing shall become clearer. We’ve arranged a tutor to come and teach us as well.
This one is a writing exercise of ‘dialogue only’ after we had a discussion about the balance between dialogue and description last week. I had specific questions I asked for feedback on:
- Where is the story set and what are the characters doing?
- How do the two physically-present characters feel about one another?
- The most obvious character who is not present — why are the characters who are present interested in them?
I was worried these questions were quite restrictive and specific, with obvious answers, so I was pleasantly surprised to find that I got a spread of answers that were distributed evenly around my intentions, and knowing this let me clarify some points. It’s as Professor McIntyre wrote: be twice as explicit as you need to be.
That link again is Precinct 11, 10:28pm. Enjoy!