Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Writing Prompt #21

In reading Robert McKee’s Story, I’m finding all sort of areas where I can improve my writing, especially in the slimming down of the language. Not quite an absolute of “less is always more” mentality, more a “you’re already doing so much with less, you don’t really need to add any more.” Part of this idea is the concept of subtext. That the language being used might answer questions on a conversational level and seem to follow a surface flow, but have entirely different meanings internally.

21) This might be hard to do off the cuff, but, try to script a quick dialogue scene that involves some subtext of some sort, and strip it down. Don’t over explain the subtext, let the reader try to find it.

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