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March 2017



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Fabulous Reality (writing stuff)

More on inpositioning:

Ansel Adams got all those incredibly detailed, realistic, take-you-there photographs by staging them.

Waiting until the light was just right, arranging his camera angle and controlling aperture, speed, film, reflections, moving things that messed with the composition--

--which is why his photographs seem so much more real than a snapshot that actually may reflect the 'reality' of a moment much more closely.

This is the telling detail thing. It's also the fabulous reality thing. And the fictional dream thing. And the grounding thing.

That's all it is: different techniques for filtering reality to make it super-real, so that it can succeed as fiction. Because there's just too much fluff in reality for it to work as a story, overall.

Or at least, that's how it seems to work to me.


I think --

You also have to pick the *right* thing to focus on. Adams' photos also work because he knew, somehow, which details were the best ones to use, and he picked his subjects carefully.

And also because we never see all the rough drafts that *didn't* work out to be the best. 8-D

I read the inpositioning backmaterial and I feel it's much easier to hit that note in a scene like the one with the troll, where the potential for danger and weirdness is right there waiting to be sketched in whether you actually come out and say it or not.

More commonplace scenes and events rarely have that kind of support, and giving them that glow is therefore a lot harder. That's always been one of my problems - the bits in between the really exciting parts never seem to get done ...

- Kris (busy killing a few mins before I leave to pick up The Nick)

Re: I think --

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<You also have to pick the *right* thing to focus on.>

Yeah, exactly. That's the "telling detail" part.

There's also a lot of sentence-level stuff that happens in the troll bit that contributes to the tightness of it. It's got more 'white space'--undefined content and actions--than the other bit, but the lines that *are* drawn define the negative space very clearly.

Case in point:


And the more I learn about writing, the more I use the visual arts to describe what I mean.