It really blows when a movie states the obvious facts in the most unnatural way. Examples being something along the lines of:
- “Hey big brother.” “What’s up, cousin?” etc.
- “Remind me why we’re at a cemetery at night?”
Stupid obvious shit like that will first off, make your audience cringe. It sure makes me cringe. There are better ways to show your audience who your brother or cousin is. But on the contrary not showing/telling us clearly who’s who is off putting as well and just plain confusing. We want to know who our characters are and what the hell they’re doing at a cemetery at night.
Just had to get that off my chest.
This exercise is going to seem pretty elementary and it’s so obvious but it didn’t hit me until earlier today. I was sitting in a room surrounded by things. All sorts of things. An ice cream machine, a pitcher of iced tea, hot coffee, a popcorn machine, etc. I took a look around and thought to myself, “I’m going to write down everything I hear and everything I see.” When I started jotting my surroundings down, I thought nothing of it, but as I was truly immersing myself into my surroundings, the simple idea hit me: Writing down my surroundings will help me to become a better writer. How? Well, describing your surroundings is an easy way to practice SHOW, DON’T TELL. I found myself describing what I saw with such detail. Seriously, it’s so stupid because it’s such a simple and easy exercise. But seriously, give it a try. Become aware of yourself as a writer and embrace your surroundings. It’s that simple. Do it as often as you can and practice it and soon enough your writing skills will be so sharp you can slice through glasss. (That was dumb) okay, bye.