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February 19th, 2002, 04:45 AM
Since joining this forum, I feel somewhat obligated to admit that I am not terribly well read - despite my enjoyment of the genre, and writing for enjoyments sake. I am however curious as to how people like to take their fiction? Do you believe the more prose laid out to convey a scene, thought, character the better? Or, is the power in what you do not say?

For example:

"His mind reeled at the sight of the nightmarish scene before him. The landscape had been reduced to smoldering ruin. Flames stretched across the horizon like a great writhing serpent. Thick columns of smoke reached skyward to choke the sun. The pit of his stomach turned to knots. The weight of his heart became unbearable as he sank to his knees."


"He gazed out across the blasted landscape in horror. He fell to his knees."

I hope this poor analogy serves what I am getting at. Is one style more "professional" than the other? Which do you gravitate towards as a writer, or as a reader?

[This message has been edited by mul (edited February 19, 2002).]

February 19th, 2002, 05:38 AM
I prefer the first one. It's just better. Though you could have left out the "stomach" piece.

[This message has been edited by Alai (edited February 19, 2002).]

February 19th, 2002, 07:16 AM
When writing, I, usually, prefer the first. When reading, I prefer the second, many times. http://www.sffworld.com/ubb/wink.gif Thought, actually, it all depends on what you want to tell. If you want to make the moment last longer, then use the first example; if you want to pass by quickle, use the second.

February 19th, 2002, 08:11 AM
I think the real trick to it, is not to do the entire story either way. I feel that the first example is nice if you really want to get a particular feeling across, or to stress or emphasize the importance of a certain scene. But the other is nice if the asthectics of the scene aren't all that important.

A problem that I have with a lot of people's writing is that authors tend to get stuck writing like the first example, even when it's not necessary. This just makes the story drag, and if you write the entire story this way, then when you actually do what a more dramatic impact, it'll just be lost within all of your other pages of long-winded descriptions. But if you write quick when you don't need the details, the scenes where you DO need them will stand out more and have a much more dramatic impact. This is, of course, just my take on it, but whenever I write it's something I pay a lot of attention to. Because I feel for a book to have the right pacing, a balance of the two must be found.

February 19th, 2002, 10:05 AM
Both examples are legitimate, but each has a very different impact on the reader. The writer should choose the one that best suits the story and the needs of that story. Some stories intentionally lack depth, they are purely light entertainment. Other stories are intended to address serious issues. Both are just as valid and both take skill to craft.

So like so many things about writing, the answer will vary. I will say that my first drafts seem to be one extreme or the other, way to flowery or way to simple. The final version will often be somewhere in the middle.

February 19th, 2002, 11:21 AM
Thanks for the responses. I agree that a healthy balance - and knowing when either or both styles are appropriate is important. Unfortunately as isolated sentences, the off-the-cuff examples do not have the leverage of a story behind them. I was considering authors that stand out in my mind (Proceed with Caution: Personal Opinion Follows)and how each might tell the same story with very different impact and style. "Lord of the Rings" as told by Robert E. Howard for example. An author whose style I truly enjoyed and conveyed truly epic fantasy stuff in terse and gritty language was Glen Cook with "Annals of the Black Company". Whereas I find myself skimming pages in James Clemens "Wit'ch War" saga.

August 4th, 2005, 03:03 PM
Consider this is a internet forum Im surprised there in't more talk about Web Comics. I hardly ever read regular comics apart from some mange now and again but I follow a lot of Web Comics.

Here are some good ones (bit of a tech head so a few are pretty techie)


There is more but cant remember them all at the moment.

August 4th, 2005, 06:32 PM
To be honest with you I dislike reading from a computer screen in any format, there's something about being able to hold a comic/tpb in your hands, sit somewhere comfortable with a drink and snacks, and read your favourite characters. I could never give that up and reading more than a few pages (iI know the ones you posted are only strips) would be too much for me.

August 4th, 2005, 06:47 PM
Hehe I dont know I get the the same feeling browsing them on my powerbook. I love unsecure wireless :D

August 6th, 2005, 01:11 PM
I'm with Kater - the only good online comics are the porn ones!! :D

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