By Santa Byrnes
I twitter further challenging me to keep my musings to 140 characters – not even words – characters. Trust me friends, it is quite a challenge. My own handle (yes, I harken from the days of CB and Ham radios) takes up quite a number of characters.
So, you may ask yourself – what does this have to do with writing romance?
Glad you asked.
We are called as authors to keep words to a minimum. Say more with less. Sounds easy enough but why is it so hard to do? Well, I guess I should say – why is it so hard for me to do? Am I a particularly verbose person? Am I a chatterbox? The answer to both these questions is – no. Especially since I’m known to say what I mean and mean what I say.
Why, then, is it so hard for me to do so in my writing? Funny thing is when I first started writing I had to wring the words out. Any writing I did professionally had to be direct and to the point. There is no room for flowery prose when writing psycho-social reports or in the training materials I created.
So, as a romance writer, I let myself loose and wrote what my heart saw instead of what my head reported.
I think I went overboard.
I know I went overboard. I was so busy vesting the reader in what the story was about that I didn’t realize I was telling them too much and not showing them enough.
Yes, folks, the ‘AHA!’ moment. I had to step back from my story, and see it through a reader’s eye and show them just what the hell I was talking about. In showing them, the reader, I engage them in the story. They then become a part of that story, living through it as they read it. Hopefully, they’ll feel his hands hold fast to the burnished gold of her hair. See her slow smile as he lowers his lips to hers.
What say you, fellow writers? At a loss of words? Are you carrying around excess baggage in your writing? Share how you’ve cleaned up your act. Are there any tricks of the trade that worked for you? In a word - Share.♥