Dallas stage costume designer, Eric Criner says “Bland costumes that blend into bland walls equal bland characters.” So when Eric is considering how he’s going to dress the leads, he looks for costume colors that pop against the background. He would never put a taupe dress on his heroine and stand her in front of a taupe wall. Dress her in red or black and she is the only thing the audience sees.
What do you want your audience of readers to “see” when they read the sentences you string together? Are the thoughts you’re expressing bland or do they make the reader want to turn the page to know more?
Check out this great teaching video by my writing friend, Aggie Villanueva and find out how you can take a bland sentence structure, dress it in red, and tell a story that pops.
Send me some of your rearranged and re-dressed sentences and I’ll post them here.