Illustration by Magoz Nomad
"How do you transition between scene description and live action? I seem to get hung up on that most. Example: I can describe a group of people, the farm that they're on, the entire world this farm exists in, the thoughts that these people are having, and the texture of the air itself with ease; but then I remember that they have something to do in that scene. Even when I know what they're doing, the transition always feels awkward. My brain wants to jump to act II or to find something else to describe."
I've never thought about how I do this, Eric, until you asked me. Brilliant question. It made me flip through my books and through some of my favorite books and think and come to a conclusion that I'm doing transitions subconsciously, without being aware of them. You made me aware of them. Thank you.
Before you read further I must caution you that I'm a strong believer in developing your own writing rules by practicing till you expectorate gobs of blood out of your every orifice, eyes including. Only by doing this over and over and over again will you find that perfect place of knowledge: what to do and how and when. I can only share with you what works for me and what seems to work for other writers (this I've glimpsed in their books). I would also caution you against reading books on writing and following the advice you find there until you develop a thick enough skin where someone else's words won't sway you from your way of doing things. I certainly hope this post won't screw up whatever it is you already do, BECAUSE THAT IS THE ONLY RIGHT WAY OF WRITING FOR YOU.