Thanks to my love affair with Sleeping At Last's latest releases, I'm inspired. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=26wzqBY6GTE This week, I want to explore the senses: smell, taste, touch, sight, and hearing. I won't overwhelm you with them all this week but I can promise interesting ways to say "smells nice" and "that's stinky". Aromatic (adj.) - pleasant and… Continue reading Wordy Wednesdays: Sense Of Smell
What is your approach to writing? Do you sit down and let the ideas pour out of you naturally, free from strict direction, or do you plan every detail of your novel before putting pen to paper? If you prefer to fly by the seat of your pants, that makes you a Pantser, a type… Continue reading Does It Matter If You Are A Pantser Or Plotter?
This week I'm going to define colors and not just the boring ones! Why is this important? Why can't one simple shade of blue be enough? Well, when it comes to descriptive writing, color influences tone. Color can represent emotion. Color can also have an effect on the reader. For example, describing a sunset as… Continue reading Wordy Wednesdays: Colors
The Disappearances by Emily Bain Murphy Release: July 4th, 2017 Genre: Magical realism Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Blurb: What if the ordinary things in life suddenly…disappeared? Aila Quinn’s mother, Juliet, has always been a mystery: vibrant yet guarded, she keeps her secrets beyond Aila’s reach. When Juliet dies, Aila and her younger brother Miles are sent… Continue reading July 2017 Book Releases
You and I both know I've been in a "defining genres" kind of mood. The other day, I came across a discussion between two people struggling to define the difference between the Magical Realism and Fantasy genres. I was intrigued! Despite hearing of Magical Realism and knowing a dozen agents on Manuscript Wishlist that wanted… Continue reading What Is Magical Realism?
Gone are the days when writing was an affair strictly between pen and paper; fingertips and the keys of a typewriter. As technology advanced, so have the methods of writing. Today you can find a myriad of applications to use, whether on your laptop or smartphone, to enhance and compliment your writing experience. Here are… Continue reading 3 Apps for Writers
Speculative fiction is an umbrella term.
It's that time of the week again, where I introduce you to five words you may or may not be familiar with. This week's theme is a writer's words. Amalgamate - (v.) to combine, unite, merge, or mix to form a single thing. The sisters will amalgamate their savings to buy a yacht. Loquacious - (adj.)… Continue reading Wordy Wednesdays: A Writer’s Words
A poet is, above anything else, a person passionately in love with language. – W.H Auden Poetry, like anything else in life, is a matter of preference. There are those who love it, those who tolerate it, and those who loathe it. For those of us who love or tolerate it, poetry is one of the… Continue reading Five Types of Poetry