The Writing Files: In the Thick of It

It’s Wednesday, which means I get to unlock the writing files. Today, my post is about describing a scene so that your reader is immersed “in the thick of it.”

What brings a scene to life? Is it the dramatic thoughts that go through the character’s head? Or is it the situation around them? Maybe what makes a scene so real is how the location is described? Whatever the story, what makes something really memorable is getting to know your characters and place. For example, take this sentence and compare it to the one after: “She walked down the road.” Boring, huh? Now look at this next one: “She trudged down the long, winding road.” A lot more detail is added in this one. It gives the reader a very clear picture of what is going on. I always like reading a book and feeling like I’m right in the middle of it. Giving lots of detail is good.

On the flipside, you don’t want to give too much info. It’s good to describe something, but every scene doesn’t need to have everything described down to the nuts and bolts. Sometimes it’s good to have your main character just “walk down the road” instead of “trudge down the long, winding road.” It can be hard to tell when to hold back. You might think about how you’ve used these adjectives before. When you’re writing, it helps if you save descriptive language for scenes where it makes the most impact or you want to set up a mood. Otherwise you might end up with a long, boring paragraph.

I can’t wait until Friday’s round of Guessing Games. Who knows what you’ll guess?

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