Imagery

So begins RIPTIDE.

Revision, Imagery, Pattern, Tension, Insight, Dialogue, Energy

So we’re talking about imagery today. My friend Alice Grey is amazing at this. When she reads her stories to us I can watch her story unfold in my head. I’m getting better at it, but I’m not fantastic.

The best way I have heard to do this, is to watch your scene in your head. Add the detail. What is the main character feeling? What are they seeing? Is there wind rustling in the trees? What can they smell? Add in all of the senses. Don’t be afraid to be a little “purple prosy” the firsts draft. (Do NOT keep it that way, it’s bad.) Once you’ve gotten a lot of imagery and detail, it’s always easier to take it out.

This is a lot easier to explain what to do than actually doing it. Short post, I know. But try this with a scene, or your entire book, and let me know what you find out!

About Jae Randall

I am a writer, a certified Medical Assistant, EMT, and Firefighter. I was diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder in 2011. I have written 5 books and am working on writing my 6th, outlining my 7th, and beating out my 8th. I hope to have all three written by the end of 2013.

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