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Writing with Emotion

Happy Writing Wednesday, friends! Today I’d like to talk about writing with emotion. To make a scene powerful, you need to feel it as a writer. But what if you’re writing about something you’ve never experienced? The answer is simple: focus on the emotion. What is the core emotion your character is feeling? Despair? Joy? Loneliness? Peace? Frustration? Bliss? Fear? Love? Something else? Whatever the core emotion is, think of a time you felt that emotion in its rawest state, and draw from that feeling. Your writing will shine with realism, whether you’ve experienced what your character is actually experiencing or simply the same core emotion in a different form.

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Writing Wednesday: Normal is a Dryer Setting

Happy Writing Wednesday, friends! Today, let’s talk about characters. What makes your characters unique and interesting? I don’t know about you, but I’m not normal, and I think normal is boring. What could you do to make your characters abnormal, but still true to life? What abnormal quality, interest, or history could you use to shape your character and your story? Take a look at your characters in a recent piece of writing, and see if you can add some depth and interest to those characters to make them stand out. After all, normal is a dryer setting. 😉

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Motivation Monday: Don’t Give Up

Happy Motivation Monday, friends! Today, I want to motivate all you wonderful people to not give up.

Sometimes it’s easier to give up than to do the extra work needed to make something work. Whether it’s writing or relationships or anything in between, I encourage you to be brave, and I give you a big virtual hug. You’re not alone, and you don’t need to give up. You’re right where you should be, and challenges are part of growth. Yes, it takes work. But if you hang on through the rain and storm, you’ll be there for the rainbow.

What rainbow is at the end of your storm? There’s only one way to find out. 😉

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Writing Wednesday

Happy Writing Wednesday, friends! Let’s talk about dialogue tags today. Dialogue tags are the “he said” and “she said” marks that follow lines of dialogue. There are right and wrong ways to go about dialogue tags. To make the right ways easy to remember, here’s a mnemonic:

  • T = Track. While you should keep action tags to a minimum, you want to make sure your reader can track which character is speaking.
  • A = Act. Whenever possible, use action to identify the character instead of a dialogue tag. Not only does this technique help readers track who is speaking, but it also paints a more vivid picture. Example:“I’d like to make a toast to all my fellow writers.” She lifted her glass, and the golden champagne swirled inside.
  • G = Grow. Use pauses in dialogue as an opportunity to grow your characters while identifying who is speaking. Instead of a dialogue tag, describe the characters introspection at that moment–thoughts, feelings. But remember to show and not tell feelings.
  • S = Simplify. Use simple, one-syllable tags, like “he said,” “she asked,” and “he yelled.” Don’t get fancy or your readers will focus on the tags instead of the dialogue.

I hope this post was helpful, and best of luck to you as you track, act, grow, and simplify your characters as they engage in dialogue!

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Writing Wednesday

Happy Writing Wednesday, friends! Well, although I didn’t post on Monday,  I want to quickly share something that motivated me this week. I just got a new pet betta fish named Violet, and not only is she adorable, but she also motivates me to spend more time at my desk, which means more time writing.

What motivates you to write? What is the writing experience like for you when you’re motivated? Take some time today to journal on this topic, and see if it opens some new creative avenues for you. Have fun!

And because I can’t resist, here’s little Violet. 🙂

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Motivation Monday

Happy Motivation Monday, friends! Sorry for disappearing last week. I was having entirely too much fun in Oregon, but I’ve come back with plenty of motivation to share. It’s amazing how much nature can motivate us. Last week, I stayed at a Christmas tree farmhouse, and the setting was picturesque and brought with it a sense of calm and inspiration. My challenge to you for this week is to spend some time with nature to recharge your motivation.