I wrote an article this morning about how to write scenes in fiction, or for that matter, nonfiction if you have a desire to do so.
Read the quote below and then I’ll continue.
QUOTE OF THE DAY
“A word is not the same with one writer as with another. One tears it from his guts. The other pulls it out of his overcoat pocket.”~Charles Peguy
You see, the point is that great writing engages the reader. Great writing elicits emotions. Great writing takes the reader and plants them down right in the scene.
Take a look at the picture prompt below and then we’ll continue again.
PROMPT OF THE DAY
This is a scene from the great movie, and book, The Grapes of Wrath. Now, for an exercise, I want you to try and write a description of this scene.
Mediocre writers will tell you that it was dusty and hot.
Great writers will find a way to write this scene so that you taste the dust and feel the sweat in your underwear.
Get the point?
It is the same with art or music or sculpting or photography. There is a very valid reason why the greats are called greats.
TIP OF THE DAY
Use all five senses to describe a scene or setting.
SITE OF THE DAY
The Elizabeth Ayres Center For Creative Writing is a pretty good site. You can find it here, and you will also find good recommendations for writing workshops to attend.
THOUGHT OF THE DAY
I have to remember that I am writing to a wide-range of writers. Some of you simply write for your own enjoyment. Others write with hopes of making some supplemental income, while still others hope to make it big submitting magazine articles or writing books.
As always, take what you need and leave the rest. There is more than enough to go around for all of you. One thing I think we can all agree on is that we want you to become the best writer you can possibly be. Right?
Seriously, I want you to try and write a description of the scene in the writing prompt. Remember the purpose of writing that scene. Don’t tell me it’s dry and parched….make me feel it.
Have a productive day and thank you for stopping by. If I can ever be of any help feel free to drop me a line at email@example.com.
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