Conversations with Captain Obvious

Things are busy in the Corbett household today, so I dug through the archives and pulled out a long-time favorite. Hope you enjoy!

I just spent the entire weekend having long, contentious arguments with Captain Obvious.

Who is Captain Obvious?

Well, it’s simple really.

Captain Obvious stops by for a visit every time I read a sentence, paragraph, or, regrettably, sometimes even a page, where I’ve told my reader repeat, or unnecessary information that doesn’t move the storyline along.

Here’s a snippet of a recent conversation…

“Hey!” yelled Captain Obvious. “You’ve told them that already!”

“But, no, you don’t understand,” my stammering protests fill the air. “These words—they’re so beautiful, so brilliant; I simply can’t bear to send them away.”  

“Loser!” Captain Obvious charged forward with the harsh truth, completely oblivious to my tender fragility. “There’s only so many times you have to tell the reader that people on the Oregon Trail who don’t have water ARE THIRSTY, AND LOOK FOR IT A LOT!”

Regrettably, Captain Obvious is usually right.

Highlight. Delete. Move on.

How about you? How do you deal with the big meanie who tells you when your writing isn’t working?

4 thoughts on “Conversations with Captain Obvious

  1. Hey Christi, don’t answer anon’s comments 🙂 Ah,yes the meanie who tells me I’ve been babblng like a brook about the same old same old? I have one of those and she’s tough. We do thank them in the end, don’t we?

  2. Florence,

    I’ve had some spam slip through the filter lately so I’m thinking perhaps that what that comment was.

    Good to know I’m not the only one with a meanie telling me what’s working/not working 🙂

    Are you having the usual writing prompt short story on your blog tomorrow?


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