Observable by Silence

Cage Dunn: Writer, Author, Teller-of-tall-tales

#WriterTip

Yes, I’ve never done that before, but time moves in like a high tide and even I have to adapt or get pulled out with the undertow.

No, that doesn’t make sense.

What does?

Writers are observers. They do this by keeping the mouth shut and all other senses open. A friend read a short story and asked how it managed to create a whole picture in her head – when nothing was actually described. I pointed out one or two things, and she did the mouth-open thing – with no words. She didn’t see the description, she felt it.

That’s what makes a story good (or gooderer – a new word I decided needed to be created). Not just what the characters sees, but everything around them. Everything. The whispering breeze or the howling cut of wind, the crash of waves or the purr of surf on reef…

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