Exposition is the tendon that keeps the muscle attached to the bone. It links the scenes to the plot skeleton and keeps your story from becoming disjointed.
the secrets to conveying emotion in a natural way in literature
Show, don’t tell. Built-in past is called “exposition” and requires explanations so the reader can understand what is happening now. In its very nature, this is ‘telling’ rather than showing. Showing, on the other hand, makes use of evocative description.
To make a scene vivid, to make it truly come to life, there needs to be sensory information. Senses transform words into three-dimensional worlds. The basic human senses are: seeing, hearing, touch, smell and taste.
Comedy is that which makes one laugh. This is the basis for any study of comedy. However, just what is it that makes one laugh? The six requirements to be funny. Requirement 1: Appeal to the intellect (rather than the emotions)
Sources of Comedy. Comedy writing is a never ending process of hit and miss. Real laughter is an involuntary action. Even when we shouldn’t, we can’t help ourselves. Comedy is full of contradictions. One of the roles as you write comedy, is to deflate human pomposity. Sources
People cannot help but comment on what they see as they judge their surroundings. This reveals the setting of the story. Gosh this room is so messy, I don’t understand how you can find anything[…]
we won’t really know him, unless you let us inside.
You show the inner world of your character by telling the reader his thoughts, emotions, attitudes, fears, longings, neuroses, drives and compulsions. There are two kinds of thought your character has: (1) thoughts about events that have occurred and (2) peripheral thoughts.
Step one, name your character something meaningful. Step two, give a suitable body. Step three, put that body in a significant place. Step four, him.
Description enables the reader to experience the “fictional dream”, being pulled into a story so deeply that it becomes more real than the chair the reader sits on. Description is the language used to bring attributes of a thing or person to the reader’s mind.
Description questions to ask yourself
As a writer you have seven tools in your tool belt that you can use to tell your story. Action, dialogue, interior monologue, interior emotion, description, flashbacks and narrative summary. Learn the differences, how and when to use it and don’t forget to vary, to avoid wearing your reader out.