Dickens’ writing characteristics:
• A cast of characters startling in their variety and engaging in their many permutations of human behavior
• Musical diction
• Dickens was first and foremost a caricaturist, always on the lookout for ways to embellish a portrait
“Make them laugh,- His character descriptions are lengthy, so if imitating his intricate character description, abbreviate the length to keep the attention of today’s audience.
make them cry,
make them wait.”
- Keep some conflict below the surface: Choose an aspect of the story that can be concealed from the reader, then play the part of the omniscient writer and reveal only as much as necessary.
- Dickens was a master of humor – satire, puns, wordplay and a curious method of characterizing that poked fun at his own creations. Exaggerate your characters a bit and use a satirical voice.
- To create emotion, you must feel emotion. Dig into your own experiences. (Easier said than done.)
"There's nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and open a vein." -Walter Wellesley "Red" Smith