Thursday – Writing Tips Day



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Thursday – Writing Tips Day

Thursday, December 25th, 2014

 

   When I sent off the manuscript of THE CHRONICLES OF JOYA I was so obsessed with avoiding adverbs, my editor actually suggested putting one in, and on the first line! Now you don’t have to go that far, just replacing some of them can stretch your writing.

 

    Why write he ran fast when you can say he bolted or he shot across the room? Which of these involves you more in the action?

 

   Take out the adverbs angrily and hard and improve this scene.

 

   “Talk to the hand,” he said angrily.

 

   John kicked the ball hard.

 

   Happy writing and happy Thursday! Liane x

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Wednesday – Help Yourself Day

Wednesday, December 24th, 2014

 

   Hi everyone! Today’s for all my fellow workaholics. How can we best help ourselves? Take some time off!

 

   Sometimes I just refuse to take a day off and it always catches up with me. When I do take a whole weekend off and get away or read my socks off, I’m recharged and raring to go. Go get some fresh air and treat yourself. :)

 

   Happy Wednesday! Liane x

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Tuesday – Creative Flow and Ideas Day

Tuesday, December 23rd, 2014

   Yo, yo, yo. Freddie’s in the house. How you doin’, man? Back for more, huh? Okay let’s get those creative juices flowing.

 

   You’re stretched out on the bed, your ankles crossed and head resting on your clasped hands. Suddenly, you feel a tug on your toe. What happens next?

 

   Over to you, guys. Happy Tuesday. Freddie xx

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Thursday – Writing Tips Day

Thursday, December 18th, 2014

   Here are a few extra tips to enhance the natural feel to your dialogue:

 

1. Have your characters misunderstand each other, or not even hear each other. After all, it’s natural. We aren’t all on the same wavelength all of the time, some of us aren’t even on the same planet. I drift off to planet Joya sometimes. :)

 

2. Let characters talk over each other and butt in. How often do you hear a conversation where no one interrupts? Make it natural.

 

3. In a tense or traumatic scene add reactions between the dialogue.  Have the character wring their hands, clench their fists, tug at their hair.

 

Happy Thursday! Liane x

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Wednesday – Help Yourself Day

Wednesday, December 17th, 2014

   Hi, it’s Teal. Liane’s busy editing so I’ll keep it quiet so I don’t disturb her.

 

   I’ve been doing a ”secret give” every day for the last week and it’s tough. Not the giving, the figuring out how to do it in secret! You know how good it can feel when you give to someone? It might be a compliment you give or time or a present. You get a present back when that person says thank you. You feel good for giving.

 

   Well, I’ve spent the week giving in secret. No one can say thanks to me because no one knows I’m doing it. It feels fantastic. I’m grinning my whiskers off. It’s great fun to get your mind working on what and how you can give to people or nature without anyone knowing. I went picking up litter in the park when no one was looking yesterday. It felt great. Oops. Not so secret. I’ve just told you. It’s fun.

 

   Happy Wednesday! Teal xxx

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Tuesday – Creative Flow and Ideas Day

Tuesday, December 16th, 2014

 

   Yo, yo, yo. Freddie’s in the house. Great to hear you’re loving the story nudges. Here’s another one to get those ideas flowing.

 

   You wake up, shuffle to the bathroom but the door’s shut. You call out, no one answers. Then something smacks against the door. You jump back. Something growls.

 

   What happens next? Over to you, guys. Happy writing and happy Tuesday! Freddie xx

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Thursday – Writing Tips Day

Thursday, December 4th, 2014

 

   Do you need to write a story and don’t know where to start? Then sit down and interview your main character. When I sent The Chronicles of Joya off for its first edit my editor said the baddie wasn’t bad enough. (What can I say? I liked him.:) She suggested I pretend to go out to dinner with him and find out how bad he could be. Boy, did I find the darkness lurking beneath him. It worked for me. Give it a go and have fun, won’t you?

 

   Happy Thursday! Liane x

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Wednesday – Help Yourself Day

Wednesday, December 3rd, 2014

 

   Hi. Remember what Teal discovers about the word but  in THE CHRONICLES OF JOYA?

 

   Today, let’s look at the buts in our life.

 

   If you paint a picture and someone compliments you on it, do you pat yourself on the back and thank the person or do you deflect the compliment with ‘But I made a mistake here’? The person didn’t notice the thing we didn’t like until we pointed it out!

We also use ‘but’ to make our answer sound better. Guess what? It doesn’t.  If someone says, “Do you want to do this?” and you reply, “I’d like to but …” the subconscious may read it as a lie. Be real.

 

Just for today, throw ‘but’ out the window. When you go to say that word, laugh or smile. Tell yourself, “Hey, I’m blubbering over a but! Listen out for how many you and other people say in a day. You’ll be amazed.

 

   Have fun. Happy Wednesday! Liane x

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Tuesday – Creative Flow and Ideas Day

Tuesday, December 2nd, 2014

 

   Yo, guys. Freddie’s in the house. Ready to let those creative juices flow, huh?

 

   You’re going to Africa. You’re so excited on the plane you can’t sleep. When you step off the plane the heat smacks you in the face and you grin.  All goes well until you reach customs. You freeze.

 

   Why? What happens next? Over to you, guys. Happy Tuesday! Freddie xx

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