Writing With Greatness In Mind

25 Jun

003And a very happy Tuesday, the 25th of June, to all of you.  I hope you slept well and you are bright-eyed and bushy-tailed this morning.

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.


“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.



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.


Use all five senses to describe a scene or setting.


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.


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 holland1145@yahoo.com.


“Helping writers to spread their wings and fly.”

19 Responses to “Writing With Greatness In Mind”

  1. Janine Huldie June 25, 2013 at 3:23 pm #

    Yay a Tuesday post from you and you are right that we all are writing for different reasons. I love to write, but won’t lie that making some money now on the side to help keep up with bills and such is not a terrible thing and truly makes me feel as though I am bringing a bit more to the table for Kevin and the girls. So I am truly with you on this one. Happy Tuesday!! 🙂

    • Billybuc June 25, 2013 at 3:31 pm #

      Janine, it is no surprise that you are the first here this morning. I come to expect it and you spoil me. You do so much for your family; I applaud you for wanting to help out financially, and you have built a great blog to do that. Well done my friend.

      • Audrey Howitt June 25, 2013 at 3:43 pm #

        What a great picture you chose–everything about it pulls at you in some way or another. Happy Tuesday to you!

        Thank you Audrey! I’m not sure what happened to my reply capsule, but I guess this will work.

  2. Kelly Umphenour June 25, 2013 at 4:10 pm #

    What imagery! What great examples Bill! When you said it should make you feel the sweat in your underwear…yeah…I heard you:) LOL LOL

    • Billybuc June 25, 2013 at 4:14 pm #

      Kelly, I had to go change my underwear. LOL Thanks my friend. I think I missed your blog last night, or was it this morning….I’ll go check.

  3. Liz June 25, 2013 at 4:43 pm #

    The Grapes of Wrath is a great movie. Today is Let’s State the Obvious day.

    • Billybuc June 25, 2013 at 4:47 pm #

      And you did it so well, Lizzy. LOL

  4. ruchira June 25, 2013 at 4:49 pm #

    As they say that no two minds think alike…each writer will have its own perception and goal in life. I liked your thought of the day, Bill.

    The pix speaks volumes and besides the dust and sweaty underwear. Those three characters in the pix also have a story to narrate 🙂

    Happy Tuesday 🙂

    • Billybuc June 25, 2013 at 4:55 pm #

      Ruchira, they do indeed, and I was hoping that someone would mention those characters. That simple picture says so much.

      • rjfuller2013 June 25, 2013 at 11:20 pm #

        Hello Bill, I love that picture and your encouragement to all writers, whether good or bad. We all have the desire to be great writers and your ‘ helping hand ‘ is appreciated..

      • Billybuc June 25, 2013 at 11:25 pm #

        Well I thank you very much. I hope I haven’t given any “bad” encouragement. LOL Thanks for stopping by.

  5. rjfuller2013 June 26, 2013 at 1:32 am #

    I meant whether we are good or bad writers, not that you give bad encouragement..lol

    • Billybuc June 26, 2013 at 1:33 am #

      I know, but I still had a good laugh over it. 🙂

  6. pictimilitude June 26, 2013 at 1:41 am #

    I will always like to write. 🙂 I don’t know how much I’ll be doing in the next year with this grad school thing – actually, I’ll be doing a LOT of writing for school, haha – but actually, my journey has entailed the writing and art and photography so I can take it and be the best little academic and teacher I can be. I know that after taking this year to write and figuring out that I love to help people and that I need to be around them…well…I’ll definitely be moving into the “writing for enjoyment” category. I hope you’re well. 🙂

    • Billybuc June 26, 2013 at 1:56 am #

      I am well, Cyndi, and I’m glad you have decided on a path. I have found my path and I love it. 🙂

      • i'mkarn June 26, 2013 at 4:40 pm #

        It’s hard to keep up with you AND try to write a book..lol..
        But..you are very helpful and i appreciate your efforts, Bill!
        Use all 5 senses…hmmmm…
        veddy inneresting..
        have a great day, my friend!

  7. Billybuc June 26, 2013 at 4:45 pm #

    Leslie, I think you know all about using your senses….translate into words and you’ll be a best-selling writer. 🙂

  8. suziehq June 26, 2013 at 4:54 pm #

    Hi Bill,
    Another thought provoking picture and suggestions. i will be taking on board these ideas of the senses into my writing when appropriate. Thanks Bill for more wisdom 🙂

    • Billybuc June 26, 2013 at 5:14 pm #

      Suzie my dear, it is always nice to see you drop by despite your busy schedule. Good luck with your writing today, and thank you!

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