Creative Writing Lesson: Simplifying

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http://creativewritingtutorials.blogs... Show notes: Let me start off by illustrating something for you. What happens when you reduce the clutter? This dot represents the best part of the story but if you have a lot of stuff that don't necessarily contribute to the story it makes it hard to find the effective parts. By taking some of the story out, you increase the effectiveness of the parts you leave in. You give them a chance to shine. Make the strong parts of the story stronger by giving them center stage. Help your reader see what is important in the story and what the reader should be thinking about. Watch deleted scenes of a movie and ask yourself, why did they take those scenes out? Mostly they take them out because they know the rest of the movie has a chance to shine brighter. Every part of a story reduces the amount of time that a reader will give to every other part of a story so reduce the story to the parts that are most needed and the story will have great impact. The good parts are better because they don't get lost. Most of editing is removing parts of the story. When you do that you are drawing out parts of the story, the parts you leave in. You are giving them a chance to stand out and best do what they were written to do. In art there is strength to leaving things out. When you minimize the audience will fill in the parts you left out. You don't need to describe every room down to the last detail. The audiences imagination is hard at work all the time. Let them imagine what it's like down the hall, and in the other room and in the shop next door. Is it contributing to the essential story. Characters may be very interesting but if it is not part of the story it could drag the story down. Introduces real seeming characters but only show as much of them as how they drive the story. If you know your characters really well, every thing they do and say that drives the story will contribute to the essential story and describe fully fleshed out character. Fleshing out a character is not about describing every aspect of their personality. It's about knowing them well and choosing what little info you give about them, well. The readers may only learn 5% about them but you should know them 90%. The reader is there to follow the story. When you have a lot of extra stuff your audience becomes impatient. Funny and interesting writing is not as important as how much the writing moves the story along. In the creation mode, get out of the editing mode and vice versa. In creation mode you want to add, add, add, make a big mess then in editing mode you can take out, take out, take out and clean up and organize the story. Either be in editing mode or creating mode but not both at once. Creative writing/ storytelling tutorial for the multimedia age. The writing strategies offered in these tutorials can also be applied to podcasting, film work, storyboarding, cartooning, etc. but they are still very much about writing. Writing is an important skill for most kinds of multimedia artists. These tutorials are offered for free to help promote my own story telling so please take a moment to see one of my videos at Thanks and I hope your writing goes well! See all my figure drawing tutorials here: See all my hand drawn letters tutorials here: See my storyboard tutorials here: See my animation and film tutorials here: Enjoy!

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