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Meg bumbles her way through the process of learning to love description AND YOU CAN TOO!

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Meg is determined to overcome her hatred of writing descriptive prose by ~gasp~ practicing.

But, Iteration without innovation is a waste of everyone’s time. (-Meg’s Law)

Every couple of weeks, she’ll stumble through an exercise found on the internet and walk you through the process. Will you join her on her mission?

The Goals:

  1. Do prompts even if they are scary or seem lame
  2. Get our descriptive prose to convey three things: Character, Conflict and Setting
  3. Practice mindful practice

Glossary of Terms:

(Pacing) Beats – These are small pauses in the flow of character conversation or action.

“I always loved spaghetti,” Ian said. He looked skyward as the melancholy of his loss threatened to overwhelm him. “Until it killed my pet toad.”

The staging between talking is a beat. It’s a pause or a separator so a reader knows that dialogue was split up in timespace and they can see how to pace it in their brain.

Button – Meg stole this term from screenwriting. A button is the last poignant pop of a scene. It is often a call back or reference to something brought up near the beginning. It can be anything from the punchline to a joke woven into the scene or a dramatic twist on what you think you are reading. Buttons usually relate back to character perceptions or themes. The reasoning behind having a button is to leave each scene with some interesting bit to get a reader moving forward. If you’ve ever found yourself thinking “Oh Snap!” at the end of a chapter, it probably means that author pulled off a good button.

Scene Beats – This term comes from screenwriting too. It refers to a smaller section of a larger scene. In general, a beat in a scene changes when a new character enters the stage or there is a shift in the subject being discussed. Think of them as your scene’s paragraphs. Scenes can contain one long beat or be comprised of many smaller ones. It depends on the structure.

Establishing Shot – It’s the opening shot of a scene, usually and serves the purpose of letting the audience know where the following actions are taking place. Since the goal is to get the whole location set up, its of often a wide shot encompassing all of the relevant area.

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