Dealing with ‘seemed’ and other tentative language in fiction – by Louise Harnby…

If your characters seem or appear to be doing or feeling something – probably, maybe, perhaps – then you might be using half measures to express a good chunk of that action or emotion.

Uncertainty can drag a story down.

Here’s how to edit for it at line level.

Continue reading HERE

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One thought on “Dealing with ‘seemed’ and other tentative language in fiction – by Louise Harnby…

  1. Reblogged this on Just Can't Help Writing and commented:
    This column from Louise Harnby, via Chris the Story Reading Ape, tackles the recurring problem of how to convey information about multiple characters in a scene without breaking point of view. It’s certainly a problem I struggle with. These are good reminders that there are better ways than “seemed” or “appeared to” to get across what that non-pov character might be up to. Check it out!

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