Ways to use implication to convey exposition or shorten fiction?

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  1. Rosana Clarkson profile image84
    Rosana Clarksonposted 12 months ago

    My short story "360 Degree" which appears in LetterPile does describe a character as having a "prison-chiseled chest", for example, which I figured was a more interesting way to convey backstory about a character than through miles of boring narrative so I was just wondering if other short story writers here have other suggestions for using implication to make a fiction story more concise and/or more powerful, as I am working on a new story and hope to make it less long-winded than the first, thanks.

  2. Marisa Wright profile image97
    Marisa Wrightposted 12 months ago

    If you are seeking to improve your fiction writing then I heartily recommend joining Critiquecircle.com, where they have a great forum full of fiction writers.  You will likely get far more response there.

  3. Natalie Frank profile image95
    Natalie Frankposted 12 months ago

    Have you done anything with them?  Gotten anything critiqued?  I've heard both good and bad things but never seemed to find a definitive answer as to how helpful they were.

    1. Marisa Wright profile image97
      Marisa Wrightposted 12 months agoin reply to this

      Yes, I've had most of my novel critiqued.  You will hear bad things, but mainly from writers who are thin-skinned or egotistical.   I think too many people join thinking they'll post their piece of writing and everyone will say how fabulous it is.  That's probably not going to happen!     

      When you join a real-world writers' circle, you often don't get totally honest critiques because it's awkward to do face-to-face - people are more likely to sugar-coat their response, or mention only a few problems because it sounds too awful to mention a long list.  On CC, you get line-by-line critiques that are totally honest, and it can be confronting.  There have been times when I've been really upset - but you know what?   Once I calm down, I realise that those critiques are nearly always right.

 
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