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Tuesday, April 3, 2012

C stands for...

cat! *shakes head*


cake!! *nata*


cuckoo!!! Hmm. People might think so.

characters. *nods*
"I notice the minimal physical description of your characters in the stories you write," Robyn said. "What gives?"
I show the story, I don't want to overwhelm my readers with detail that they can figure out by themselves." Ernest replied.
"But don't my readers need to know the color of hair, how tall my characters are, and the rest of the details I want to tell them?"
"My dear Robyn, it's just as you have said. You want to tell them these things, instead of letting the readers decide on their own."
"Ahhh." Robyn sat back and finished reading "Hills Like White Elephants" marveling at the description that wasn't in the story. 
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25 comments:

Theresa Milstein said...

I had no idea you and Ernest were so tight.

Stephen King has said the same thing. I used to give lots of detail, but now I'm spare.

Bob Scotney said...

I'm currently re-reading The Lost World by Conan Doyle. One thing that stood out to me early on was the lengthy description of Professor Challenger. Now I'm wondering whether it was needed.

Rosanna said...

Nice and sweet!

Damyanti said...

"My dear Robyn, it's just as you have said. You want to tell them these things, instead of letting the readers decide on their own."

Wise words.

--Damyanti, Co-host A to Z Challenge April 2012

Twitter: @AprilA2Z
#atozchallenge

M.J. Fifield said...

I am not a fan of huge blocks of description. In my own writing, I try to walk that fine line between too much and not enough.

M.J. Fifield
My Pet Blog

Bish Denham said...

HA! Ernest is not one of my favorite writers just for that reason, that his sentences are short and/or repetitive. Sometimes I thought I was reading a Dick and Jane story.

See Dick run. See Jane run. See Dick and Jane run.

Tamara Narayan said...

Well said! When novels start detailing a characters physical characteristics and their clothing in one, long paragraph, I just skip it.

Rachna Chhabria said...
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Rachna Chhabria said...

Cool that you know Ernest so well. I too am a huge believer of minimalistic descriptions.

Loved both A as well as B posts. great idea :)

Rachna Chhabria said...

Cool that you know Ernest so well. I too am a huge believer of minimalistic descriptions.

Loved both A as well as B posts. great idea :)

Mina Burrows said...

Very clever. New follower too! :)

Mary Aalgaard, Play off the Page said...

Love your internal dialogue during this challenge. I agree. Less is more in describing characters. I was thinking how each of us picture someone a little differently, even real people.

Play off the Page

Susanne Drazic said...

Hi Robyn! Enjoyed your letter C post.

Susanne
PUTTING WORDS DOWN ON PAPER

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Those details are overrated!

LynNerdKelley said...

Characters is perfect for the letter "C." I can tell that Robyn is having a blast with this A-Z! Fun, fun post. Thanks for the smiles!

Romance Book Haven said...

Great choice of Character for your C! Loved reading your post!

Sharon K. Mayhew said...

Ahhhhhh...great point!

septembermom said...

I agree with you on this one dear Robyn!

Cheryl Klarich said...

I love this!
I like description if it adds depth to the character...

Sometimes photos of movie star look alikes on book covers bother me a bit. (minor pet peeve)

catherinemjohnson.wordpress.com said...

Isn't it hard deciding what to tell and what not to tell. Tell what? What tell? (Sorry Dr. Seuss is on in the background ;0))

catherinemjohnson.wordpress.com said...

Isn't it hard deciding what to tell and what not to tell. Tell what? What tell? (Sorry Dr. Seuss is on in the background ;0))

Stacy S. Jensen said...

Have you seen Midnight in Paris? Ah, Hemingway.

Sarah Pearson said...

I don't give enough description :-)

Susanna Leonard Hill said...

Loving your posts!

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Robyn .. I'm befuddled by the "Hills Like White Elephants" - but I got stopped at my name .. not often & only one L ...

I'm sure I'm being thick .. ?! I hope so .. I hope it's not staring me in the face - that too is possible!! Cheers Hilary