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Steven King Review #4 Narration

This writing is a review of a portion of Stephen King’s book “On Writing, Published in 2000. There are a few definitions taken from other sources as well as comments by the author of this article. Any original ideas are those of Mr. King. Steven King's Website

Notes on Writing Narration

Narration, or Action - which moves the story from Point A to Point B;  I (Judy) call it setting the stage.
Pace is the speed at which your narrative unfolds. Pg. 222 of the Stephen King Book.
Move to fast and you risk leaving the reader behind.
Stephen likes a slower pace and a bigger, bigger build. Let the story unfold at its own pace.

Ask if the reader will be bored during a certain scene.  Did you under explain or over explain a situation?

The lead character, if writing in the first person, does narration.

Compare using narration with dialogue or by itself.

Who is the voice in third person writings? The author; otherwise called “telling.

Temperature, light, sight, who was there and who wasn’t, details about the characters in the bar, smell of steaks cooking, smoke in the air, comparison of times, what was on the floor, what was on the walls.

Read his page 174 for a great example of narration. How many senses did it utilize?

In writing the story, he may have an idea what the outcome may be, but never demands the characters to do things his way. He wants the characters to do things their way.

Don’t worry about the ending. Eventually the story comes out somewhere.

A strong enough situation eliminates the need for “Plot.” Simply ask, What- if........

e.g. What if vampires invaded a small New England Town?
What if a policeman in a remote Nevada town went berserk and began killing
everyone in site?


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