Okay, eventually I’m going to have to conquer “the beast” aka the novel I started for NaNoWriMo. It’s confusing because it requires thought, planning and the largest dearth of research I’ve ever confronted…Okay, BREATHE! I have to keep reminding myself to do this or I end up slightly cyanotic (duh…), awash in writing that reads too much like writing and not enough like storytelling.
I’m extremely bad for info-dumping in my stories and writing in too much detail. I often feel the need to communicate important points, all-at-once. It’s frustrating for both myself and the reader! I have had to slow down my weird thinking and take my time to consider what the actual “meat and bones” (framework) are to tell a story better and to understand where and when to communicate info to readers.
The workshop I’ve been attending has been very helpful. It’s allowed me to somewhat grasp or differentiate between writing and storytelling. The writing process of good storytelling is far more complicated than how it often appears to the reader because it encompasses both art and science (I know, surprise, surprise!).
The art is in the creativity of what you’re producing and the science is in the way that you are communicating the story.
To combine both effectively, is a very intricate and intimate dance between understanding when and where to use an active voice and when to use a narrative voice to be more expository or informational (passive voice). And because language is only human, it stands to reason that all of us on earth, are confined to the rules that govern both the art and the science of communication. Both of these polar opposites created and evolved the necessity for language to communicate with. Language and communication have propelled every human being into greater creativity and even furthered our own human evolution.
Without language to communicate by, there would be nothingness; no cohesion and no logic to prevail. This applies to all languages, including Sign Language and even mathematics.
So I will continue, plugging away at this balancing challenge until I successfully master both the art and science of writing well. I want to be able to engulf the reader fully into the world I have created and communicated to them. Oh – and I will keep reminding myself to breathe, because breathing is good. It helps me think, I think…So I guess therefore I Am. ;)
Show, Don’t Tell – Writing Myths:
Lee Child debunks the biggest writing myths (writersdigest.com)
Mark C. Newton: “Show, Don’t Tell” and other [writing] myths (markcnewton.com)
Why show don’t tell is the big myth of fiction writing (penultimateword.com)
Myth Busters #2: “Show, Don’t Tell” (thewritersalleys.blogspot.ca)
Louis Corsair: [The] Myth of “Show, Don’t Tell” (louiscorsair.blogspot.ca)