Cat’s Got Class

I took an online course today from Cat Rambo on Description and Delivering Information. My favorite tip was: Always choose to describe what’s distinct for that moment in time. That ignites my imagination to see every level of what’s happening in my scene: physical setting, feelings, filters, predicaments, other characters, reactions. I think it will allow me to note the key elements to bring to life more naturally as the plot flows forward.

In addition to tons of great tips, we did some exercises. I thought I’d share, Describe the Antagonist of your Story as though He was a Weapon. I wrote about Miss Livingstone’s antagonist, Mr. Manush:

Mr Manush - Jem Mace boxer died 1910 (2)Manush edged out of the shadowed overhang of the trees and shot across the street to the boardwalk. His black eyes darted toward me slicing my heart with fear. I was caught. His running lunge swung like a blade and fell hard upon the threshold as I dodged inside the bookshop door.


4 Comments Add yours

  1. winneyb says:

    Wow, that snippet’s got some power to it!

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  2. It took a while to get warmed up. This one was the last one in the class. I was inspired.

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  3. LittleFears says:

    Good scene Sheri, your descriptions are perfect. 🙂

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    1. Thanks! The style might be a bit heavy handed for a whole novel, but we were mostly working on short story technique. It’s fun to have time to forge each word so carefully. 🙂


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