How could you make looking at a door emotional and interesting?

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  1. Tomb1302

    Tomb1302 Active Member

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    Interesting. This was meant to be emotional, but maybe a little too physically so?

    I think I'll try and tone it down a little :)
     
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    Time for something to happen.
    But it may also be time to take this away to a private place and work on the story.
    I suspect you're procrastinating.
     
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    More than likely. I'll try and move quicker :)
     
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    It's not about speed. Work at your own pace; take all the time you need.
    You have a story in your head that desperately wants to come out. If it's not perfect the first time, write a second draft and a third; edit the hell out of it, then let other people have a go at it, one chapter at a time or all at once, or whatever works best for you.
    Just be brave and move on from the opening scene.
     
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    The narrator is your reader's window. Your characters also serve as windows onto the scene. Blend physical description of the door with your narrator;s and your characters' reactions to the door.

    Keep in mind that a showing approach works particularly well for conveying the complexity of emotions and reactions; see the Show and Tell blog link in my signature. Telling is usually a better approach for the physical characteristics of the door (dusty, faded, cracked, rust stains, etc).
     
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    Thank you!
     
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    perhaps the main character in the story knew the person or family that lived in the house and the character knew the person or the family very well and their afraid of what they might find when they open it.
     
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    Shenanigator Car Crash With A Suitcase And A Painted Face

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    Suggestion: look at antique doorknobs and door handles on EBay.

    You’ll see where they’re worn or faded or sometimes even polished by the hands that used them.

    I’m into vintage architecture, and when the original doorknobs are intact, it’s one of the first things I notice. My apartment was built in the ‘40’s and still has the original (interior) nickel doorknobs, and when I see the patina on them, sometimes I wonder about the people who lived there before me.
     

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