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Writing Wednesday

Happy Writing Wednesday, friends! Today let’s strengthen verbs. A common problem among writers is using weak verbs and adding adverbs. As an exercise, take one pen color and underline all the verbs in the first 3 pages of a current or past project. Then take another pen color and highlight all the adverbs. How many adverbs could you eliminate through stronger, more specific verbs? Strong verbs tighten your writing and create a vivid experience for the reader. Please feel free to comment with examples of strong verbs and the verb-adverb combinations they replaced.

Miscellaneous

Motivation Monday

Happy Motivation Monday, friends! Well, I’m still not feeling 100% back to myself after having the flu, and it’s definitely slowing me down. I’m going to keep today’s post short, but I want to make one important point: sometimes the best motivator is knowing when it’s okay to rest. It’s hard to rest when you have a big To Do list making you anxious, but listen to what your body is telling you. Do you need to slow down? Ease back into your routine after time off or illness or both? Take some time during the early part of this week to rest and take care of yourself, and I will do the same. Let’s regroup on Writing Wednesday and talk about goals.

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Miscellaneous

Writing Wednesday

Happy Writing Wednesday, friends! There are only a few hours left in the day, but I’d like to take a moment to talk about point of view. I chose to write my women’s fiction trilogy in multiple first person viewpoints. Apparently, I’m a masochist. One technique I used to differentiate the voices is to filter descriptions, metaphors, and similes through each character’s views, interests, and passions. For example, the main character, a caterer and harpist, describes experiences through comparisons to taste and music. Her ex-husband, a radiologist, compares his experiences to medical cases, and he notices everyone’s bone structure. The elderly neighbor, a doll maker, uses sewing and craft imagery in her descriptions. How would your characters experience the world? As an exercise, write one sentence from the point of view of a firefighter having Christmas dinner with his family.

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Motivation Monday

Happy Motivation Monday, and Happy New Year! New Year’s Eve is my favorite holiday, and I’ll tell you why–the start of a new year is filled with wonder, opportunities, possibilities, and the unknown. It’s a book of blank pages waiting to be filled. It’s completely pure and empty of mistakes. It’s a new chance to do things right. It’s a time to anticipate excitement ahead. It’s a new year, and a new gift to each of us.

So what are your plans for the coming year? What do you hope lies ahead in 2013? What are your fresh starts? What are your resolutions?

I know there are wonderful things to look forward to in 2013, and I can’t wait to unwrap each day!