What is Staging? – Simply put giving Stage Directions to your character movements.
Too many descriptive movements will bog your writing and slow the pace. Yes, you need to describe movement, but not each and every one. Make them count, and pack a punch. Word choice is important!
As stated in Grammar Decoded Filler Words any directional is considered staging.
We’ll start simple…
Jake turned to evaluate his mates.
Turned to makes the verb evaluate sound passive.
Simply use the active verb here and the sentence carries the same meaning without the staging words.
Jake evaluatedhis mates.
A bit more complex…
I looked down at Jenny, her blue eyes twinkled up at me with humor.
I looked down at – ‘I looked’ is the POV Character in this instance and it is implied. ‘down at’ is directional, ‘up at me’, is too.
What is the important information here?
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