I recently helped clean up and stage a house for viewing. I removed clutter, made sure nothing was in front of the large windows, so the light could get in, and took down some family pictures. This staging allows for the viewers to see what's really there, instead of someone else's stuff. This way, they can project their dreams onto the space. They can better enter the space and imagine it as their own when there's not too much clutter.
Consider telling in writing as clutter. I like to go through my drafts with a yellow highlighter (there is one on the Microsoft Word too), and highlight all the tells. In my. nonfiction, I highlight all the information dumping, where I tell the reader too much about what I want them to know. Clutter. In nonfiction there is likely to be some telling (a few family photos left on the wall), but too much causes the reader to lose interest.
When we write we are staging a scene for our readers. We want them to see what's there, while at the same time be able to experience the scene in their own way. This encourages us to show, not tell, and to give descriptive details that are relevant to the narrative (and theme). Choose what details you develop. Let the light into the scene by clearing out the clutter, while at the same time reveal the authenticity of the scene.
With all the false and divisive narrative going on right now, it's good to read something real. Something that reveals the truth behind a difficulty or challenge but also gives us a way through. Let the reader be in the room while at the same time inviting them to project their thoughts on what is or could happen in this scene or narrative. Trust your reader.
Remove the clutter and give room for the reader to engage in their own way.
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Julie lives in Mount Horeb WI where she walks her dogs through Stewart Park, gardens her corner lot, attends yoga at Perennial Yoga in Fitchburg and waits for spring 11 months of the year. She is author of The Zero Point Agreement & ten other books. She also writes for the local Mount Horeb paper and in her free time listens in on others' conversations at Sjolinds.