07/06/2016 by Siddiqui Fayesal
The segueing from one scene to another has always been the bane of writing.
My writing, to be precise.
Smooth shifting of scenes, nonchalant delivery of dialogues that don’t SOUND like dialogues, but seems like regular human interactions and, this is the worst of all, emoting! I know I don’t sound like a writer doing his writing bit properly, but in all seriousness this is hard work.
I can’t make the character walk out the door when I want the scene to change. It’s like I’m a camera man that is attached to the butt of the character I’m working on, not a writer who is at complete freedom to choose what he wants to show! Yeah, once in a while, it is easy. I do get a stroke of genius once in a while. I do move out from one scene into another without the slightest hiccup. But that happens not as regularly as I would like it to happen.
Then, as if that wasn’t problematic enough, we have the problems that readers don’t even notice. And the readers won’t even care, I think. Now, that is my honest opinion and cannot be used against. For instance, the ‘he said/she said’ thing. How many forms of ‘she said’ or ‘he said’ can a person conjure? I have read this somewhere that to make prose more tight and precise, one should ALWAYS use the word ‘said’ and nothing else. The famous author that said this was very serious about it. I don’t remember who he/ she was, but I do remember the ‘famous’ bit.
It’s like Stephen King’s “The path to hell is paved with Adverbs” line. Damn it, but that is difficult. Then, Mr. Palahniuk tells me to unpack my sentences. Although, I had no idea what that meant when I heard just that bit, I do understand it very very well now.
No offense to King, but I get Palahniuk better. It’s basically the same old ‘show-don’t-tell’ formula. Now, I am not proficient at that either, but at least I get what he’s saying. I don’t know my adverbs that well to not use them!
Anyway, this was my warm up for the day. I get down to serious business now!