Silja Swaby, half Jamaican, half Finnish, is a marine biologist and author. Funded by Arts Council England, she has won competitions, and been placed in prizes and awards. She is working on a series of futuristic thrillers, featuring a female biologist whose quiet academic life takes a drastic turn. Silja has taken creative writing courses at Cambridge University and more recently Yale University, USA.

Silja tutors writers, gives workshops, and provides a critique service. She is happily unmarried and lives in deepest Somerset, UK.

Silja Swaby is pronounced Sil-yah Sway-bee.

October 07, 2010

Freeze the action

When your chapter or scene goes 'all dialogue'. Freeze the action and look around. Where is the character standing or sitting? What would they see if they weren't so busy talking? Anything to ground a scene, give it that sense of place is invaluable. But no long descriptions. When you unfreeze the story still has to maintain it's momentum.

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