A question for all avid novel/short story readers/writers.
Consider two approaches to novel writing: one where we hear characters’ inner monologue, and one where a characters’ thoughts and feelings are relayed through description of their expression, body language, etc.
“I’m not going to make it!” Chuck thinks.
Chuck’s body tenses, cold sweat on his wide-eyed face.
The context is specifically within non-prose novels or short stories. Written, non-script material. Similarly this isn’t considering special scenarios uniquely favoring one approach or the other (e.g., a scene taking place in someone’s subconscious mind).
After considering each approach, answer the following in detail:
- What approach do you prefer and why?
- What approach do you feel is better and why?
Eight bazillion thanks.
EDIT - Spot the apostrophe misuse for bonus points.