You are standing at the bottom of these stairs looking up.
Why have you come down them and what is waiting for you at the top?
Alternatively, what is behind you at the bottom?
Write about your situation without telling the reader exactly where you are or what is at the top of the stairs – or behind you. Use descriptive language to convey a picture that the reader can build up in their own mind. Make them use their imagination.
Use sparing language and make your reader feel the chill in their bones – whether it is the chill of air temperature or fear.
Remember; it is often what you cannot see that is the most vivid. Hitchcock used this to great effect. He rarely showed violence, he left you to imagine it. Think Psychoand the shower curtain scene.
The door in the photograph looked quite calm to me and not at all alarmed.
Is there another way of wording this statement? Probably. But it would probably be a wordier statement to get the same message across.
Do doors have emotions?
The long and short of it is that we know what this sign means. The door pictured here cannot experience emotion, hence it cannot feel alarmed. We, the readers, know this and so we apply the meaning that makes most sense without really thinking about it.
Quotes on Writing is about expressing yourself freely and openly. To quote part of Melissa’s article, “It means exposing yourself, taking risks, and being vulnerable.”
To write about feelings we need to dig deep to remember what our own felt like. To write about feelings we need to remember sadness and deep pain, as well as joy. Humans tend to remember the good things in life more than the bad but everything we experience and feel is part of our learning curve that makes us who we are today.
Writing about these feelings makes us, and our characters, more human and more believable.
Your stories are about people – characters – whether human or otherwise, and you’d better make them believable.
If your reader can’t see the characters in their mind’s eye, or can’t identify with them in some way, they won’t care about them and will soon lose interest.
Characters with habits, mannerisms, relationship difficulties, dark histories, hidden agendas, successes and failures, are far more interesting to read about than someone with none of the above. The reader will identify more with a character because they recognise the complications that make up who we are. Life isn’t plain-sailing!
They say the camera never lies, but it never tells the whole truth either. You think you can see what’s real but there are all sorts of things you can’t see just beyond the frame of the photograph and beyond the moment when the photograph is taken.
That happy smiling person you can see may have troubles in their life that you know nothing about, that idyllic scene may have mountains of rubbish and a power plant just out of shot making it a nightmare wasteland instead of a beautiful landscape.