Fred Clark has posted a new post, NRA: Squeezing the stallion, at Patheos.com.
This week Fred writes about pp. 8-10 of Nicolae: The Rise of Antichrist
Brief detour here back to Creative Writing 101. Let’s say you’re writing a story with a character named Jim and you want your readers to regard Jim as brave. You can go about this in several different ways:
1. Show Jim doing something that requires bravery.
2. Have another character in your story describe Jim as brave.
3. Have the omniscient narrator of your story tell the reader that Jim is brave.
4. Have Jim tell the reader that Jim is brave.
Those are listed in order. The first is the most effective approach; the last is the least effective. The last one, in fact, can be counter-productive.
[Fred Clark, NRA: Squeezing the stallion, June 8, 2012, posted at Patheos.com]
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