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by Ginger Snap (earthwhatwere)
at December 15th, 2006 (03:35 pm)

current location: the basement office
Soundtrack: Ray LaMontagne: Be Here Now

This post is brought to you by Writing Group, which has moved past the point of being annoying and right into amusing and entertaining.

This is also a pet peeve of mine, so please feel free to dig out the plastic wrap as there will be much spittle.

The Three S's Rule:

There are things that happen to all of us on a daily basis that do no necessarily merit a mention or scene in your story. These things are taken as read that they happened. A character arrives at work and we understand that he woke, dressed (hopefully) and made the commute to work. Unless the commute to work advances the plot (like there's fearsome space monkeys on the bus) or the characterization in some way, leave it out. If nothing happens on that commute/walk/teleport, don't waste precious words on it.

It's the laws of S's. The Shit, Shower, and Shave Rule.

Characters poop. They shower. They shave. They dress. They cook, clean, and do a million other little chores that most of us don't give a second thought to while we do them or after they are done.

I encourage you to write about the important things in your story and leave the three S's off the page.

So, that's one of my peeves. What bugs you?


Posted by: Kaitlyn (frodolyn)
Posted at: December 16th, 2006 12:01 am (UTC)

I think these three s's you speak of can be used as literary devices- i mean every time your character shits you dont want to know,(take the book life of pi - oone to many craps on the page) but a good metaphorical dump where your character is cleansing his body of all the 'shit' that's come before can do a story good- same with a shower- a good cleansing shower to remind your readers of how much emotional dirt your character has waded through never hurt anyone.
I know how you feel though - i hate hate hate when these day to day rituals are exploited as filler - nothing worse. ;)

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