So I'm writing a book that's in the present. I do most of the writing through the main characters thoughts. I'm fine with the dialogue and emotions but I'm struggling with directing my main character and describing the setting without it seeming awkward or weird and out of place. I need tips ideas and suggestions please
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I am too! When I write i pick out maybe a small detail or something if its a place that they go to a lot. Or describe what what the MC is doing in that place. When it's new to the MC, then I describe in more detail.
Personally I try not to go to in depth with every detail of the setting. I do this because I want to allow the reader to imagine the places. The reader with have a hard time imagining if they're told everything in flowery language. Sometimes they just need some simple details and descriptions to go on, and they'll understand the setting even better than being told everything.
I hope this helps. I know everyone has a different writing style so what one reader does won't necessarily work for everyone. When I was struggling I tend to read some books that I personally liked in the area I am struggling with such as if I really knew what everything looked like. So for instance, I might read a few chapters of harry potter (I know its not in first person, but this way it would give me a different point of view), and then go on to things like Divergent and such. And maybe i'd look through some in the same genera as i'm writing just to see what's working for the readers. (I don't suggest writing exactly the same as everyone in that genera because it would be harder to be special, but understanding the readers is always a positive.) I hope I helped in some way and sorry about being so long) Good Luck on your novel!
@dixiedog99 yea it helps a little bit but like idk. like what about movement how do you get movement in? and as for the books I know but the problem with me is I have some processing issues with my eyes so read can be extremely tortuous and difficult for me
I've been thinking this over and looking at my own writing (I haven't published yet either so the way I do it might not even work right). I've come to the conclusion that you write what is important in a scene, but don't have to go into every detail about where they go and what they do unless is specifically affects the plot in someway. I suggest just writing a lot and kind of figuring out what works for you. (lame answer I know, but that's really all I can think of) i suggest just writing what comes in mind until you have the first draft done, then go through and notice how you wrote things and figure out the way you described things the best.
I know you don't want others to see your work to keep your storyline safe, but if you private message me through here, i'll try to help. Good luck on writing!
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so your story is written in the present, is it first person? or something else? I also think it depends on the genera and age group your writing to.
It's done in present day and in first person. It's everything my main character is thinking but she's thinking it as its happening.
Okay. I suggest you think about how you think about things as your doing them. Do you think about every movement? Do you notice the color or the people around? etc. Thinking about questions like this will dramatically help your writing even if your character doesn't think like you. Also you should remember that whatever your saying or noticing should have some relevance to the story and help progress the plot in some way.