By Lewis Shiner
Ambition drove their dreams, blinding them to the price others would pay.
“Choose one player. They are now out of the round. They gain no gold and play no cards until their next turn.” I looked up from the card. Allison and Mark were beaming at me, while Chris looked on in horror. It was over. There was nothing he could do.
Hanging a lampshade, sometimes referred to as hanging a lantern, is a technique where the story consciously recognizes something as being weird or cliché. Sometimes they can feel like the story is winking at the audience; a little “see what we did there.”
Prose is general writing, in contrast with dialogue, poetry, and other forms that have more specific rules and meaning. Prose includes description/exposition, summarization, and statements/actions. What follows is a series of techniques and ideas to help revise and strengthen an existing rough draft, not techniques for writing a rough draft. Keep in mind that writing is all about creating contrast, and sometimes it may make sense to deviate from these guidelines.