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Writing the Weather Pt. 2: Descriptive Words & Phrases

Hi, all. Last Thursday we touched on bringing the weather to life in your stories. As promised, today I have put together a few lists of words, phrases, and actions to help you describe the weather in your stories. This is by no means a complete list, and so I hope as you read through… Continue reading Writing the Weather Pt. 2: Descriptive Words & Phrases

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Writing the Weather

The weather can be more than a plot device to inconvenience your characters; it can also affect the mood of a scene, provide geographical hints, and show the steady (or shortened) progression of time. So why do so many writers neglect moody, expressive weather? Is it because we feel limited to Raining, Sunny, and Windy?… Continue reading Writing the Weather

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Plotting is Very Useful (yet sometimes pointless.)

Camp Nano is OVER! *wipes sweat from brow* The past four weeks have been a whirlwind of discovery for me as a writer (and creative person as a whole,) and over the next month, I intend to share with you some nuggets I've unearthed along the way. If you read my last post, you’ll know… Continue reading Plotting is Very Useful (yet sometimes pointless.)

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How To Start A Project (before you know plot, POV, or characters’ personalities)

Day 6 of Camp NaNoWriMo My writing sucks. The characters aren't behaving like themselves. My prose is flat, unimaginative, but worst of all? I can't figure out whose eyes I want the reader to see through. We've all been there. You've heard me say it before and I will say it again—perfectionism is a plague… Continue reading How To Start A Project (before you know plot, POV, or characters’ personalities)

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Controlling the Camera of Your Narration (Introducing new angles)

For any of you who followed my last post (a writing prompt to base a short story on a song,) and were looking forward to my short story based off Hotel California by the Eagles, I wanted to mention that this last week has been very busy and I did not get around to putting the… Continue reading Controlling the Camera of Your Narration (Introducing new angles)

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How to Write Freely and Without Fear

Milly Schmidt is a writer, blogger, and crazy cat lady living in the New England, Australia. She is one of my dearest #writing Tweeps and you can find her friendly and honest advice on navigating the deep waters of the Writer's Life (with the occasional cat dashed in for good measure!) at her blog, The Cat's… Continue reading How to Write Freely and Without Fear

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Simplifying Scenes Pt. 2 (The Bare Bones)

A Scene Is Not: A character being introspective for paragraphs or pages at a time Summarizing action or things that have recently happened Flashbacks Describing a setting A Scene Needs: A goal and/or purpose A forward motion Sensory details that orientate the reader to setting and time of day Necessary information revealed   A Goal… Continue reading Simplifying Scenes Pt. 2 (The Bare Bones)

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Simplifying Scenes Pt. 1 (Goal, Subtext.)

This is a concept Daniel David Wallace touched on in his free writing course (let me hook you up: Click here!) and I’d like to expand upon the idea. According to Wallace, a scene should consist of one goal and one subtextual element. This is the formula he uses to streamline the process of writing… Continue reading Simplifying Scenes Pt. 1 (Goal, Subtext.)

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How to (Productively!) Waste Time in Your Novel

Are you struggling to add to your novel’s word count? Do you feel like some of your scenes or your overarching plot lack the emotional depth your story deserves?  Why I Struggled to Add Wordcount When I first began writing in my mid-teens, I wrote extremely stripped-down, fast-paced novelettes and short stories. I didn’t mean… Continue reading How to (Productively!) Waste Time in Your Novel

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How to Write Striking Imagery

How are Imagery and Description Different? Description is how you convey your story, explain what's going on, and tell the reader what will happen. It's 90% of your writing. Imagery is that flash of sunlight on moving water; it's there, it's bright, then it's gone. It's like sprinkles mixed in with cake batter—wonderful bursts of… Continue reading How to Write Striking Imagery