BE THE EYES OF YOUR READERS
“The battleship-gray sky smothered all conversation as our ferry made its way across Commencement Bay that December morning, the cold like icy picks stabbing our coats.”
It’s confession time: I struggle writing descriptive scenes. The line above, from my upcoming novel “Shadows Over A Hangman’s Noose,” took me a half-hour to write, and when I finally threw up my hands and declared it good enough, I was already suffering from remorse. Does it say, perfectly, what I want it to say? Can the reader see that oppressive scene? Can they feel the chill in the air?
It is an education of the senses that I seek with my writing.
QUOTE OF THE DAY
“There aren’t many great passages written about food, but I love one by George Millar, who worked for the SOE in the second world war and wrote a book called ‘Horned Pigeon.’ He had been on the run and hadn’t eaten for a week, and his description of the cheese fondue he smells in the peasant kitchen of a house in eastern France is unbelievable.” Sebastian Faulks
THOUGHT OF THE DAY
The really great writers make a scene come alive. They are the eyes, the nose, the ears, the fingers, and the tongues of their readers. They find just the perfect words to bring dimension to the written scene.
Writers are observers. We observe for our readers and then share with them.
Have you tried the new 3-D goggles available on the market? Bev’s youngest son just bought a pair, and he let us try them on. There was some dinosaur video playing on them and I swear, the video, and the special effects, had me ducking and cringing when the dinosaur reached out towards me.
That’s what I think of when I think of the really great writers, the difference between two dimensions and 3-D goggles.
Which kind of writer are you?
TIP OF THE DAY
I write the story first and don’t worry about describing the scene in any depth. I don’t want my creative flow to be hampered by worrying about the specifics of a scene, so I just allow the whole story to flow on the first draft.
It’s on the second draft that my scenes come alive. It’s on this draft that I make sure I pay close attention to the five senses of my readers.
Just something to think about.
SITE OF THE DAY
Check out “The Writer” magazine online at www.writermag.com and sign up for their free e-mail newsletter. Great tips are yours for free and I think it is well-worth the thirty seconds of effort to sign up.
NON-FICTION WRITERS SITE WORTH CHECKING OUT
I don’t do much non-fiction, but I came across “The Rumpus” and thought it was worth mentioning to you.
Rumpus editors want to “foster candid conversations around the social and political issues affecting their readers,” so they are looking for submissions in nonfiction, poetry, interviews, and reviews. They accept submissions online so check them out by following this link for more information.
BLOG OF THE DAY
I would be remiss if I didn’t give a shout out to my Lil Literary Sister, Cynthia, and her new blog/website, “Intuitive and Spiritual.” You can find it by following this link.
THAT’S ALL I’VE GOT FOR YOU TODAY
Thanks for stopping by. We’ll make this a short one today. I’ve got to put the finishing touches on my latest novel, “Shadows Over A Hangman’s Noose,” and time is ticking. Have a fantastic Thanksgiving and an even better week.
‘”Helping writers to spread their wings and fly.”