Thursday, July 24, 2008
I keep harping on this principle, for sex, violence, and profanity in writing. I just did a chapter, where there has to be two very violent acts (perhaps not surprisingly, a zombie feeding frenzy, and then zombies being killed). Only one should be described in detail, however, because two rounds of violence in the same chapter is pointless and counterproductive, to the point that it would diminish the effect of either description. So you pull out all the stops in one description, make it as nauseating as you can, and then the other violent act is barely implied by the what you describe. That came out nicely.