Which skills (at least three) do you think have helped your writing the most over the last year? Why and how?
Dialogue, Subtext and Show, Don’t Tell have been the skills I learnt the most over the last year. While I already had an innate understanding of dialogue through experience, casual eavesdropping and reading character-driven material, the lessons have helped me identify the characteristics that I previously knew – in particular, giving characters a ‘verbal quirk’ to distinguish them. Subtext and Show, Don’t Tell are hand-in-hand as skills pertaining to implicit meanings. This, in short, is to not explicitly tell someone parts of the story and instead use symbolism, body language and action-through-inaction to show the progression of the story and development of characters.
Dialogue, I learnt through Week 4’s exploration into theatre and scriptwriting which makes heavy use of dialogue. Show, Don’t Tell was explored in Week 3 with silent films. Subtext is an overall skill that was seen in both weeks, perhaps moreso 3 than 4. We learnt through industry examples (Cargo & Black Hole for silent films, short interview videos on YouTube for scriptwriting) and practical exercises, which helped greatly as it allowed me to practice these skills hands-on.
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