Description: NAKED AND LOST: Use Narrative, Setting, and Description to Both Show AND Tell
This three-week workshop will get deep and dirty into what is often considered anathema in today’s “show, don’t tell” writing world—setting, description, and narrative. We’ll dig deep into our own WIPs, finished manuscripts, or favorite novels to see how we can use narrative, setting, and description to deepen our characters’ POVs, help our readers know them better, immerse readers into the worlds we’re building—even if they’re in small-town USA. We’ll also look at continuity, pacing, and visual tricks to help us keep track of time and place so that no one’s getting lost and naked (unless, of course, we want them to be). Roll up your sleeves and get ready to become worldbuilders, architects, fashion designers, and timekeepers.
Lessons will include: Why setting and description are important; the difference between them; examples of good and not-so-good; the functions setting and description should be playing in your novels.
- Worldbuilding: Fantasy-based.
- Worldbuilding: Reality-based.
- When to Show and When to Tell.
- House Hunters and Character Building
- Fashion Sense, Trash Talk, and Character Building
- The Description Toolkit, Part 1: Mapmaking 101
- The Description Toolkit, Part 2: Writing Tools
- Putting it All Together: The Plot Map
- Putting It All Together: Setting as Character