MOIST MONDAY

BlogYes, I am another day behind schedule. We’ve had rather moist days, which included Monday and the rest of the week. I wanted to get online and talk about how weather can hit our writing, but needed to stay off the keyboard.

Many thoughts ran through my head: could I write upside down and would my computer work in the wind and rain? Local news and CNN kept me informed and I shut down. Sleep? If you can sleep with both ears open for odd sounds, one eye, which did not close, hearing the wind howl, branches of trees screeching, and flashlights from heaven, in the form of lightning bolts, bringing daylight into your whole room, my hat is off to you.

This brought me to relate weather with writing. We all need some calm downtime to gather our thoughts, remove our worries, and make these distortions the smaller size instead of escalating. Storms are scary, even frightening, yet have you ever noticed your writing sizzle during these times. It’s like, get that hesitation, that fear, that feeling of isolation into your character. If your setting is in a bleak area and a storm is on the horizon, you have the experience of your storm to give to your character’s storm. You give yourself to the situation and do not hesitate. You now know what the wind sounds like and how it feels to see lightning streak across the room.

Storms can create havoc in your writing. You get to SHOW your hesitancy and can apply this to a character. Your anxieties do not hide, and you transfer these to your characters. You notice your breathing becoming short and heavy. Your hearing sharpens for any unfamiliar noise. Is it a panic attack or just plain nerves? I’d go for the nerve bit. However, if your character needs an attack of sorts, go for it. Weather can make us do strange things, and let your character do the same.

Clouds are once again gathering and the tree limbs nodding a little faster. So, a short MOIST MONDAY is in progress.

Chaotic Writing. Fantastic Writing. Safe Writing.

p.s. May all the victims of the recent and still to come storms be remembered

 

 

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WEDNESDAY. WEDNESDAY. DO I HEAR AN ECHO?

images_080After a “Mad” Monday, everything got unsettled and confused. I’m tired of dark dreary skies, droplets of water, outside, and did I mention dreary skies?

How many times in our writings do we hear echos? We find a phrase or a couple of words and repeat them all over the page, or chapter, or chapters, or throughout the whole book.  “Well, this is the way to recognize my character.” But on every page? “My character speaks like this all the time.” Then silence your character(s) for a few pages.

Echos equal repetition and as writers, we are capable of creating such a vast entity of settings, words, descriptions, and conversations. We do not need ECHOS. Or do we?

If done in a subtle way, this can create a reference to a crime. Then the reader gets shivers knowing about the echo. Or you have a vicious love circle and the same phrase, “I’ll be late.” comes out quite often. Still not in every scene.

When we write, we need to get our ideas out, kinda like a free-write. These ideas are fresh to the writer. We can’t take the chance of forgetting one twist or turn. So we write, write, and write. Word fill up the pages and echos reverberate. Not loud enough we hear them, until revision time comes. Then, we shake our heads and start to worry how many of them did we put in?

A simple “Search and Find” can do the trick. If at any time you think you have echos or overused a certain word, hit the find and then the next, and next, and next. I’m always surprised and shocked. I don’t remember writing the same word that many times, but there it is right in front of me.

A gentle reminder to all of us, don’t forget about “Echos.” Your readers will remember.

Happy Writing. Happy Writing. “Oops.”

See you back on Friday.

 

 

T. G. I. F.

9776003-audienceKick back, all of you. Enjoy T.G.I.F. This is your ‘free Friday’ to try something new, fun, interesting, playful, or whatever you choose. Your choice. But, to help you out, here are some starters:

T – try something like a new restaurant, or cook a new and different dish, try a new route to go places, not the same old path. How about trying your day backwards. Yep, backwards. Have dinner for breakfast, go through your every day routine in a backward mode and end up the day with breakfast.

G – get away and hide for an afternoon, any place but home. Give a few hours of your time, yeah I know this is hard, to volunteer with an organization that interests you. Think about animal shelters. These lonely, deserted pets love company and walks. How about a long quiet walk for yourself. Breathe deep, swing your arms, walk, do not run, and feel your body respond to life.

I – Imagine. Use your imagination on anything and see what you can conjure. Invent. With the use of your imagination create a new invention to help others and include yourself. I know computers can enter what you speak, so what if they could enter what you thought. Whoops! Better save that thought. Which comes to ignore. This is your Friday, feel free to ignore the laundry, the dusting, the vacuum. Hey, if you are on your walk…Investigate everything you can see, touch, feel. This can become research for your next book. Ideas are the best prompts to writing.

F – Flowers can give new meaning to your Friday. Stop and look as you walk or go to a flower shop and treat yourself to a new bouquet. Search for your Fairy Godmother. She is out there somewhere waiting to help you, but you have to let her know. She can be silly, someone to laugh with or smart and think of all the things you can learn. Find adventure through a child’s eyes. Sometimes we get so bogged down being an adult, we forget the wonders of the world. Watch your own children, or borrow a child for the afternoon and enjoy visions of the world in a different way. Yes, closer to the ground.

What way your decide on, follow through. Take a day’s vacation in your backyard. It’s YOUR FRIDAY.

Happy Day. Happy Writing