By Cait Collins
I love writing dialogue, but I’m not as enamored with writing narration. You see, my background is in journalism. When writing the news, you’re limited by time. Let’s face it; each story might get 15 seconds. And unless it’s a major event, 30 seconds would be the maximum for a story. A good journalist learns to get the who, what, where, and why covered quickly and efficiently. There’s just no time for excess words.
And that’s where I have problems. I try to tightly edit my stories so that I’m not using too many words in a scene. After all, is the sky color that important? While I’m working hard to keep the novel or short story clean, I under write the piece. Believe me, editing out can be easier that adding in. Adding in is a risk as the additional words could overpower the story. And then you have to rewrite the scene.
I’ve come to realize that writing is a study in balance. It takes time and practice to master the narration of a work and the verbal action. I’m still working on it.