11 April, 2012

Say It. Don't Spray It.

Writers' Wednesday!!!

Easier said than done.

It's also easier to write it. As writers, we get to stay clean and fresh regardless of what we make our characters go through. We're also safer and more comfortable.

So, how can we effectively capture the unsavory or unsafe for our readers/audience to feel like they've experienced it?

A little familiarity and a lot of imagination go a long way. Maybe you've never had to flee attackers after being shot in the foot. But, if you've ever had to walk to the couch after banging your toe on the coffee table's leg and can exaggerate, you might be able to live out the moment on paper.

Talk to some people that may have gone through what your scene relates to. You'll start to pick up on a common language that you can use to make your material relevant.

Basically, it boils down to getting creative with research. You may need to amplify. You may need to take it down a notch. That's between you and your characters.

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