My2Cents ~ Staging

Be Askew. Be Inspired.

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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About Anna Dobritt

Anna Dobritt is an independent eBook author and an indie publisher of RPG PDFs and fantasy maps through Cartography Unlimited for RPGs. She loves to read and write, and lives in Michigan. Anna enjoys watching Dr. Who, both the classic episodes from the 1960s-1980s and the current episodes. Anna has three trilogies in the queue: Ravynwyng Chronicles Universe – Volume 1: The Beginning has been released, and Volume 2: Discovery, is going through the editing and revision process, with plans to self-publish in 2016. Volume 3: Truth is currently being written. Two other trilogies are The Archivist — Lenara Lenquil Adventures, and the Guardian Blades Trilogy. Anna has self-published Volume 1 of the Ravynwyng Chronicles Universe titled The Beginning; three short stories: The Hunter, First Raven, Raven Voice; a novelette titled Raven Flight, and a collection of short fiction titled Whispers from Within. Where the imagination soars on glowing wings! May the words ever flow!
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