Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Writing a Scene with Movement

Movement is the magical element that makes your scene come to life. Think about the times you've skimmed long descriptive passages, not because they aren't well written but because they don't move the story along. Movement helps show the story unfolding. A good example, is the Men in Black movie that starts out with a bug flying through the air. We follow that bug through the introduction until it splats on the screen of a moving vehicle.

Pumping Your Muse Prompt:
Showing movement in writing takes practice just like any aspect of the craft. For today's prompt we'll use a video I shot this morning on my front porch of hummingbirds visiting one of my hummingbird feeders. They provide plenty of movement, and your challenge is to write a paragraph -- a short scene of what you're seeing. Select strong verbs that create an image in the readers mind. For instance instead of using the verb "move" you can choose dart or dance to paint a clearer image on that mental canvas.
Have fun! Be creative! Add some dialog.

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