Description part 2

Main Points (who else but by courtesy of Tanya B?)

  • The Pyramid of Abstraction: with a foundation of concrete language, you can add things more abstract and still hold the reader in the scene.
  • ¬†Concreteness and brevity fight each other. Adding concreteness usually adds words.
  • Your goal is to come up with a few words of description that sets tone, says something about how the character sees it, is concrete and maybe even explains the setting.
  • Precision moves abstract words towards concreteness.

Next up: Lecture 4 Sympathetic Characters Part 1