Writers know that adjectives and adverbs make for weak writing. How do you say The store sold the best watches without describing why these watches are so great? And what else is the store selling? Where is this store and why is it important to our main character? Okay, fasten your seat belts, there’s a lot to learn here. Continue reading “How Much Description is Needed?”
If you were an actor, would you rather get an Academy Award, knowing you were chosen for the amount of money your producer could invest in advertising your skills, or a People’s Choice award, where you are chosen because of your fan base? Many actors say they would much rather have the latter award.
The weather is so hot in my part of the world that I have to read indoors. Otherwise, the books catch fire! Ha! I crack me up. But seriously, I have had the doors closed and the fans on and maybe one light to keep things cool. The mornings are pretty good for getting yard work done but as soon as my shoulders start to blister, I head inside and write and read. Let’s get on to the cool stuff. Continue reading “August Tweet What You Read”
Hello, friends! I know what you really, really want. You want to be a Rich, Famous Writer! You want to travel all expenses paid to speaking gigs and conferences to talk about writing. Maybe even write a book about writing with a catchy name like On Writing. And you want to be able to buy ridiculous things because you are so rich, you don’t know what to do with all the money! Want to know how to accomplish that? Of course you do! Now, pay attention. Continue reading “Right on Schedule!”
Hello, sir or madam, do you have a moment to talk about Braiding Your Story Elements? If so, you need to watch this space for Laurie Schnebly Campbell’s coming workshops. She was the speaker for my local RWA chapter in June and she said she is teaching Braiding in the fall. The same class she presented to us.
I Googled the above title and found out I am not the only one who wants more control over my writing instinct and inspiration. I go to my critique group and get the best advice for the story in its current shape. I want to write! I want to use what they told me and manage at least 10k words. But by the time I go home, after stopping at one or two stores along the way, I have to put groceries away and take care of birds and clean the kitchen and get the laundry moved along. When at last I sit down at my desk I have to get up again and find where I put my laptop bag, unpack it and connect it to everything. By then my muse is sitting in a corner playing with dust bunnies. Bad Muse! No biscuit for you. Continue reading “Care, Feeding, and Training of Your Muse”
The weather is crazy. The flu season is now year round. My stress levels are not going down and I want to sleep all the time. That would be fine if I would read in my sleep. If I sit in my favorite chair with a book, I am lucky to get 2 pages read before I’m off into some strange dreamland version of the plot. Actually, I kind of like that. Continue reading “June Tweet What You Read”