November 2, 2011

Fiction Writing: Specific Devices

Posted in Fiction Writing tagged , at 1:40 pm by Rebecca Hein

In cello playing, as we have seen, changing bow direction must be disguised because it breaks the sound. But we also have to move our hands up and down the fingerboard to switch from one note to another, otherwise known as shifting.

In a good shift, the landing point is perfect, like hitting the bullseye in archery. You can make this easier by slowing your bow stroke as you approach the moment of change, and waiting until your left hand is on target, or so close that it might as well be there.

Planned and calculated, this is a straightforward technique for clean shifting. In writing, you can also plan and calculate to move your story forward, and one of the simplest devices is the exchange of information between two characters.

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