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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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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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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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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

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How to Nail Your Story’s Mood and Setting

Writers sometimes struggle with painting emotional depth and breadth into their work. They can picture the pain on someone’s features, feel their characters's agony. Then when they hand their precious words over to someone else, they might find themselves faced with the news: “Sorry, it's great but, I’m just not feeling it.” How do you… Continue reading How to Nail Your Story’s Mood and Setting