Sometimes you want to add a little mystery for your readers, but are you being mysterious or just frustratingly vague? Harrison Demchick has written a fantastic piece for Writers Helping Writers that will point you in the right direction and make sure you find the right balance between specific detail and ambiguity. In this blog post titled “The Maze: How to Be Specifically Ambiguous in Fiction,” he explains how to be cryptic without being oblique in keeping your writing mysterious. Head on over to their blog and read it here!
One of the cornerstones of effective writing is specific detail. Specific detail is what grounds the action of a scene in a tangible reality. It’s how we enable readers to see our characters and settings—and not only see them, but also hear, smell, taste, and touch them. When you’re imprecise, you’re unengaging, and that’s where you lose readers.
In his article, Harrison answers questions such as: So how do we make that ambiguity compelling? How little information is too little? How much is too much? Harrison also addresses the writing maze, the writing elements of prophecy, authenticity and fortifying the walls of your writing.
Writers Helping Writers is focused on offering support, providing tools for writers, editors and teachers to empower and help them. Go check out his post and learn more about ambiguity in writing. Read here.