AWL: making an effort

It’s been an emotional week for me, with numerous issues making themselves present to try and prevent me writing, from a hectic work schedule to active social engagements and other more individual tragedies. Although I haven’t managed the time between these things to record words here, I have been thinking and creating in my head when I’ve had a moment. Train journeys have been especially inspiring for my nominated challenge to describe settings, though I am yet to narrate anything cohesive.

I do feel as though my ambition to write is slipping down the list again: I’m struggling to focus on making that time in my day to dedicate to it and I do wonder if that has had anything to do with the decision to try and be more descriptive: perhaps I just don’t want to try it. It’s a very defeatist attitude though and I want to be able to move forward, so maybe I simply need to be a little bit more sly when it comes to approaching the issue of environments for my stories. I need to start with some form of action, really immerse myself into the scene and then pause, pull back, and explain the surroundings whereupon this excitement is taking place. It might not make for a fascinating sotry arc, but it might help me frame the task at hand.

I will never know unless I try: and isn’t that the whole point of this endeavour? If I never attempt these things I will not know if I could ever have done them. And I do believe that it’s better to fail than to never try at all, because when it comes down to it: what do I have to lose?

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One response to “AWL: making an effort

  1. Speaking as a description-light person, I think trying to push it everywhere hurts storytelling and the writer’s motivation. I’ve started putting more description in my work, but it’s still nowhere close to the depth that a lot of writers put into describing a location.

    At the same time, I read books where description is heavy in only one or two ways. One of my current reads takes the time to describe what people are wearing in detail, but only mentions their surroundings when it’s an important detail to understand.

    So while working on description is fine, sometimes it’s not what the story needs to shine. If characters are engaging enough, I’ve found that describing their entire environs detracts from the story, because the reader only wants to know what the characters are doing next, not what color the wallpaper is.

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