Posted by: victanguera | June 17, 2011

Repetitive Information Syndrome: Writing Prompt #340

The other day, I watched a vintage TV show. This one story spanned something like eleven episodes. The same group of people got captured in the same manner at least three times. I’m sure the writer meant to use this to add tension, but by the third capture, it didn’t seem to add to the storyline, but rather bogged it down in useless information. So instead of tension, the extra information added boredom.

So for today’s prompt, think about your story. Do you say too much? Sometimes in trying to set up a story or plot point, we re-iterate information the reader may not need. If your characters wind up in the same situation several times in a row, rather than showing each instance, can you summarize? How much can you trim out and still have your story make sense? With less information, do you think it creates more tension within your story?

Sometimes, less is just more.

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