Happy Monday! Welcome to all my new followers (many from the Writer's Platform Building Campaign), and welcome back to all my regular followers. I hope you all made it safely through the rain and wind from Irene.
Last night we were at loose ends and decided to watch FOOLPROOF. (Those of you who like LEVERAGE will really enjoy this movie.) It is about a group of friends who plan heists, plotting every detail, but never carry them out. One day, their plans get stolen and used. They are contacted to create new plans for a new break-in in order to recover the stolen plans.
I really enjoyed the movie, but I noticed something I see much too often. There were a few scenes where the camera pointed out something important to the viewer, then showed it again. I understand they wanted to be certain the viewer understood the significance, but for me once was enough. Twice was over kill.
Which brings me to writing. I have been guilty of this in my writing, not trusting my reader to understand the first time I said it, so I add it in two or three more times. I'll put it in exposition, then repeat it in dialogue (or vice versa). In fact, just this morning I received back chapters from a CP and she marked three sections I had done this in. (Thanks Tammy!!! I promise I will fix that!)
How about you? Do you trust your reader to get the subtle clues the first time, or do you hit them over the head with it? And, as a reader/movie viewer, which do you prefer, those subtle "Oh, their going to that!" moments or the "Alright, already, I got it the first time you showed me fifteen minutes ago?" ones?