Start journaling your heart out today. Have your very own Journaling Kit™ shipped to your doorstep...FREE!

Home
Articles
Columns
E-books
ewritersplace.com Workshops
Free Course
Support Us
Founded April 2000. A Writer's Digest Magazine 101 best Web sites for writers (2001 & 2003)
Book
WEEKLY WRITES: 52 Weeks of Writing Bliss! by Shery Ma Belle Arrieta
Product
Write an E-book in 28 Days...or Less!
Market
HELP FOR WRITERS

Buy a novel by Lucille Bellucci at Amazon.com and receive these .pdf bonuses:

  • 17 Ways to Make Amazon Your River of Gold
  • Make Money with Radio
  • Success Bound
  • Book Promotion: NOT for Sissies
  • Harvey Mackay Rolodex
  • Top 20 Talk Radio Topics
  • Harrison Bonus
  • Million Dollar Rolodex

    E-mail Lucille at lucil95783 AT aol DOT com to claim your bonuses.
  • Write Any Book in 28 Days... Or Less!
    Write Any Book in 28 Days... Or Less! New course reveals fresh secrets. Click here to learn more.



    The Secret Behind Creativity REVEALED! It's all in the brainwaves. Find out here!

    EasyEbookPro

    ScatterMall.com Books

    Click here to advertise with us for 2 whole months for only $35!





    Home Articles

    Don't Let Your Details Dominate

    As our characters go about their business, we're usually picturing their movements in our minds as we write, and those movements often end up on the page in great detail. Sometimes too great.

    If your character is going to make a cup of coffee, for instance, you probably don't need to explain that she walked to the kitchen, filled the coffeemaker with water, got a filter out of the cupboard and placed it in the basket, opened the coffee and measured it into the filter, put the basket back onto the coffeepot, put the whole thing back under the water spout, and turned the coffeemaker on. Most of your readers know how to make coffee, and if they don't, they don't care about these details anyway.

    Careful use of details, however, adds verisimilitude to the lives of your characters. If your character is carrying on an interior monologue or a conversation with another character, one or two details of what she is doing physically can serve to break up the speech or thought and keep the reader grounded in the scene.

    In a suspenseful scene where the character thinks she is being stalked, and is listening for tiny noises outside the kitchen window as she makes the coffee, the inclusion of details can help build tension. Some details of time and place are necessary to establish setting. The trick lies in not overdoing them.

    One caution: if you are editing a story and watching for unnecessary detail to cut, be certain you don't cut something vital. If your character is leaving his apartment, you might not need to say that he put on his shoes and his coat and checked his reflection in the hallway mirror.

    If he also picks up the gun from his kitchen table and shoves it in his waistband, and he's going to use that gun later in the scene, the reader had better know that he took it. Readers can fill in the blanks for ordinary details, but tell them the extraordinary. After all, that's why they're reading!

    Do it! Write a 250-word scene in which a character is performing several tasks. Try to include only details which might be pertinent to the plot, characterization, or setting/mood.

    This article is excerpted from "The New Writer's Guide To Just About Everything" by Sherry D. Ramsey. This 115-page e-book features more than sixty sections, providing essential advice on a wide range of topics and geared for beginning writers. Read a review and download a FREE EXCERPT at http://www.thescriptorium.net/nwg.html. Only $8.95! Order via secure server at Booklocker.com: http://www.booklocker.com/bookpages/sherryramsey01.html. Copyright © 2001 Sherry D. Ramsey

    Sherry D. Ramsey is a fiction and nonfiction writer, editor and Internet publisher. Sherry's web magazine, The Scriptorium, provides information, advice and inspiration for writers. Visit http://www.thescriptorium.net.

    The Authentic Self: Journaling Your Joys, Griefs and Everything in Between by Shery Russ



    WEEKLY WRITES: 52 Weeks of Writing Bliss! Kick start your imagination, ignite your creativity, and begin your journey towards becoming an outstanding writer.

    Grab a copy of WEEKLY WRITES: 52 Weeks of Writing Bliss! from Amazon.com and receive 2 free e-books to encourage and nurture the writer in you. You'll also receive Write Memories, a journaling workbook available for free only to WEEKLY WRITES book owners. And finally, as a WEEKLY WRITES book owner, you'll have free access to e-mail courses such as JOYFUL WRITES: Celebrate Your Life through Writing

    For excerpts, reviews and what you need to do to receive the 2 free e-books, Write Memories and sign up for free e-mail courses, just head on to the Weekly Writes Book Official Site. (Clicking on the link will open a new window.)

    FOR JOURNALERS

    The Journaling Life: 21 Types of Journals You Can Create to Express Yourself and Record Pieces of Your Life

    The Authentic Self: Journaling Your Joys, Griefs and Everything in Between

    Journaling Kit - Four Journaling Books to help you put your life and memories on paper

    SEARCH
    Google

    The Web
    This Site

    COURSES FOR WRITERS
    JOYFUL WRITES
    Celebrate Your Life through Writing

    INNER JOURNEY
    Creative Nurturing of the Writer Within

    LIFEWRITES
    6 Approaches to Journaling

    CREATIVITY ALLEY
    21 Ways to Jumpstart Your Muse

    WORDS, SWALLOW ME
    Imagery in Writing

    WRITING CHANNELS

    Children's Writing
    Freelance Writing
    Poetry
    Science Fiction & Fantasy
    Technical Writing

    BOOKS FOR WRITERS

    The Frugal Book Promoter: How to Do What Your Publishers Won't by Carolyn Howard-Johnson

    WEEKLY WRITES: 52 Weeks of Writing Bliss! by Shery Ma Belle Arrieta-Russ




    Home | Articles | Columns | Workshops | E-books | Free Course | Quotes | E-zines | Top Fives | Support Us
    © Copyright 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005 Shery Ma Belle Arrieta-Russ & The e-Writer's Place.
    Materials appearing in this Web site are owned and copyrighted by their respective authors and/or writers. Please read our Privacy Policy and TOS. No part of this website may be reproduced without consent from its owner. Original site design by Shery Russ. Hosting & maintenance by Hosting4Writers.com.
    WriteSparks! Lite free software for writers
    Our sister sites: WriteSparks.com | WeeklyWrites.com | WritingBliss.com | JournalSparks.com | CreativeWritingPrompts.com | BooksAboutWriting.com | WritersOnThe.net | Hosting4Writers.com | Writers Web Designs | blog.forwriters.org | Aspiring Authors | ScatterMall.com Books | DailyWrites.com | EbookPizzazz.com | EmailWorkshopsHowTo.com | Writing-Portal.com | iMusePub.com | WritersMEMO.com