Here's another concept photo for my Dark Z Force novel. Created this in Photoshop CC. This is Sam York aka Sam Skinny. That's an Aztec club in his hand, once used by the jaguar warriors. Notice the shadow in the background?
Okay, that's done. Still have Atlas' photo to do. And I have to finish that article if I'm ever gonna get any readers for this blog. Come on, Matty. Step it up!
Filtering is when you describe a character’s thought processes and
experiences rather than allowing the reader to experience them.
A filtered scene might read:
Turning, she noticed a handsome vampire standing in the shadows.
It seemed to her the expression on his face was disdainful and cold.
An unfiltered version of the same scene would read:
She turned. A handsome vampire was standing in the shadows, the
expression on his face disdainful and cold.
In the first passage, the reader is watching the character as the
character watches the vampire. In the second, the reader is watching
the vampire with the character – this gives it more immediacy and
Words and phrases that often indicate a scene or passage is filtered
It seemed to her…
Synonyms for those words are filters too. Glanced, watched, recalled… The list is endless. Be sure to watch out for synonym phrases too. "He thought back to" is the same as "He remembered." Strike out the filters and simply describe the action.
Remember: we should be in the POV character's head, seeing the world through their eyes. Not standing beside them, watching what they do.
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