Writing Excuses 8.18: Blocking
Blocking! What is it, why is it important, and how can you do it well?
We begin with a definition (blocking is the part of the narrative that tells the reader where the characters are, where the scenery is, and how these things are interacting) and then talk about why it’s important, especially how it applies to “show, don’t tell,” and how the needs of the story will dictate what actually needs to be shown.
Finally, we discuss how to block scenes effectively, and how each of us do it.
Homework: Write a fight scene. Bonus points if it’s got four people in it. We don’t know what you’ll spend those points on.
Thing of the week: Monster Hunter Alpha, by Larry Correia, narrated by Oliver Wyman.
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