Writing is born through instinct and practice. If you want the stories you write to be effective and structured in a consistent manner, it couldn’t hurt to review the basics. Obviously, grammar and spelling are important, but today, I’m referring to the basic elements of fiction: style, theme, character, point of view, plot, and setting.
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The first poems I ever wrote were pitiful creatures.
Thanks to my love affair with Sleeping At Last’s latest releases, I’m inspired. 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 distinctive smell. Briny (adj.) – salty water smell, like the sea. Rank (adj.) – strong aroma, a bad smell; not soft or fresh. Ambrosial (adj.) – a succulent sweet smell; divine and fragrant. Piquant (adj.) – a tangy, zingy smell; strong odor that tickles the nose. […]
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 bright red will affect the reader differently than describing it as a soft corn-yellow. Variations in color can indicate variations in life. Cerulean – a color of deep blue similar to a clear sky. Amaranth – Reddish-rose with a range between a purplish-red to a […]
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 the three apps I found most useful as a writer: Hemingway App – This app is a proofreader that looks for common errors that hinder your writing. Its goal is to help polish your work with a concise, minimalist approach. What does it do? The […]
Speculative fiction is an umbrella term.
Don’t be ashamed if you are new to the writing world and haven’t the foggiest what a word count is. Part of the life of a writer is encountering a host of terms you aren’t familiar with and there is nothing wrong with asking good ol’ Google for the answer. To keep this simple, a word count is exactly what it says. It’s a count of how many words are in your manuscript. The definition itself is not the tricky part when it comes to writing. The fun part of word counts is the minimum word requirement each genre has. […]