Day #15 MasterClass Online – Narration and Exposition
“What can you do without, not what can you put in.” David Mamet
Lesson number 15 with David Mamet went over Narration and Exposition. This lesson was to the point and without fillers, just like his take on story telling. His main point was to write as if you are watching a moving with the sound off. Does it still make sense?
According to his advice, writers need to steer clear from reporting information like new hours, or like you’re sitting at an information booth. Your job as a writer is to tell a story that keeps your audience’s attention.
Backfilling bores your readers. Keep your writing simple. If you cut too much, you’ll audience will feel like something’s missing. Too much in the introduction or narrating with too much town gossip will have your audience wander away.
You need to see what works with a paying audience, not mom and dad. When you live from what you create, you learn about your audience a lot faster. Get your work out there or you’ll never know if it works.
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