Joan Didion and Elmore Leonard encourage us to leave room in our writing for the reader’s imagination. Don’t overdress the blank form with smothering words.
Less is more.
I offer you “Showtime at the Stella.” Another character sketch for Kelsey Graf.
Mannequin Monday – Let His Characters Speak
A defining characteristic of Ernest Hemingway’s writing style: “His decision to let his characters speak.” So says writer Justin Rice on Hemingway’s use of dialogue.
This week I also look at Elmore Leonard. He writes dialogue rich in action and light on description.
And I offer another sample of my own writing, my own attempt at writing decent dialogue.