Learning seems to come harder for me as I get older. Over and over I’ve heard the mantra, “Visualize your scene.” But I forget it every time. I jump with both feet into my plot. I don’t even know my characters well. I just throw them in the scene and see what happens.
It’s a terrible way to write. I take my work to my writing group, a friendly bunch, but oh are they tough. Again and again people say the same thing to me: Visualize your scene. Use the five senses. I have to do a lot of rewriting.
I teach the same advice. I teach that you should get to know your character before you write, that you should see each scene in your head and know what your characters are feeling. You would think I could follow my own advice.
One member of my writing group suggested that I write in layers, like—scene first with plot, then character work, then write in the sensual material. One layer after another.
Who was the famous writer who said something to the effect that it’s one thing to say it’s raining outside and quite another to make your readers feel wet.
I’m a bit lost. Any suggestions?
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