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.



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!