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!