goddess47 (goddess47) wrote,

Showing versus Telling

I have something of a dilemma... maybe someone has an idea... (and, heck, I need something to talk about to post today!)

Up front: I'm a *huge* fan of dialog. I love when characters talk to each other and do stuff, rather than having to read through descriptions... I'm more comfortable with writing dialog than descriptions, also, so maybe that has something to do with it.

I'm working on my Harry Potter time travel fic and I'm finding myself 'explaining' a lot of things. Some of it is context for what's going on, since it's after the war and the reader needs to have some clue of how things are. And, well, Harry has no one to talk to. He's Voldemort's captive (a reader will know that up front) and has no independence -- he's beaten and depressed.

It's only the very first draft, but I'm starting with 1800 words of description (with the outline I have at this point, I'm figuring this to go to 10K-ish, meep! maybe more).... there's a few lines of dialog in that but it's Harry POV and, well, he's not in a position to say much. At least not yet.

I am hoping that revising will help some of that... and this is a faintly different genre than I've written lately... I've done so much fluffy stuff lately that I thought this would be a good stretch...

Okay, let's see if I can get Harry to say a few more words tonight... ;-)

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Tags: 2016, may, rl

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