Laughter and Encouragement in the Midst of the #Writing Journey

They say laughter is the best medicine.  The image below is a realistic yet humorous spin on the writing journey.

No matter whether the peaks and valleys occur while writing your amazing piece, don’t let it discourage you.  Ride the wave.  It just might be material for your next work. 😉 Continue reading “Laughter and Encouragement in the Midst of the #Writing Journey”

Writers Associations: Local And National Organizations For #Writers

Here’s a great list of writers associations, writers groups, and organizations for writers! Many local writers organizations have affiliations with national groups, but some writing groups stand alone within their communities. If you want to find national writing associations, look no further! If you’re interested to find local writing groups, check out this great list we’ve compiled of writing groups by state.

Writing organizations offer wonderful resources for writers. Some writers associations or organizations are free; others charge membership fees. These fantastic writers associations can help you find a literary agent, arrange meetings with editors, go to writing conferences, learn craft techniques, and keep up with changes in the publishing industry.

Before you join a writers association or organization, be sure to ask a lot of questions to make sure that the group is appropriate for you! Continue reading “Writers Associations: Local And National Organizations For #Writers”

The Art of Negative Space: Leaving Some Things to a #Reader’s Imagination

I totally agree with the sentiment of this post.  Writers (me included) attempt to fill every gap so the reader does not misinterpret a thing.  We want the world to see the story thru the same eyes and imagination.  But why?

When I was a member of a book club many moons ago, one of the most fascinating aspects was discussing the different viewpoints of the story.  There were perspectives I didn’t consider or bonded with others who shared similar insight.  I believe that the reader’s imagination adds an extra spice that can enhance a story.

 

Kate Flournoy, Author

Hold onto your hats. We’re going to get theoretical.
In the past I’ve had a great deal of fun mystifying you with statements such as this:

Honestly, a good fifty percent (probably more) of any story is written entirely in the reader’s head. You don’t need to vomit the entire universe and all of humanity onto the page; you’re already writing it on an infinite human soul that will recognize it at a glance and fill in all the gaps.
Your job is simply to guide the emotions of the reader in the direction you want.

Well guess what. I’m going to mystify you further by expounding on how exactly one accomplishes that.
I call it ‘The Negative Space Phenomenon’. The more practical term for it is ‘reader engagement’. (My terms are so much cooler.)

So first of all, what is negative space?

Negative space, in art, is the space…

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Inquiring Minds Want to Know: What’s the Scoop on #Labor Day?

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Melanie V. Logan

In elementary school when holidays approached, my teachers gave the history on why we celebrated them.  Year after year, we’d cutout shapes, color pre-made outlines, or glue cotton balls to construction paper to commemorate the monumental day.  But for the life of me, I can’t remember the purpose of Labor Day.  So being the Google-master that I am, I looked it up. 😉

According to the United States Department of Labor, Labor Day is

a creation of the labor movement and is dedicated to the social and economic achievements of American workers. It constitutes a yearly national tribute to the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of our country.

Great job workers!  Now let’s kick back and have some barbecue.

Photo: Grilling via photopin(license)

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#MotivationMonday: Don’t Give Up on Your #Dreams (Writer’s Edition)

Finding time to write in the midst of work, family, and household chores can be like oil and water.  They just never seem to meld sometimes.  But no matter how taxing or overwhelming it may seem, keep the dream alive.  Writing a paragraph a day is still progress and a step in the right direction.

Even if work/life balance isn’t the issue, hope of publishing may dwindle with each rejection letter or mounting critiques.  Turn the negative into a positive.  Just because there’s a “no” now, doesn’t mean there will never be a “yes”.  Take the experience as a learning lesson – not about writing, about patience.  Sometimes we want what we want now, when the better option could be later down the road.

This week’s infographic covers 20 writers who worked in industries quite different than what we’d expect.  It’s a great example to keep following our dreams.  How we start may contrast how we finish.  Hang in there!

#Writers Guide to Creating Realistic Characters

I’m always amazed at the wonderful tips, tricks, and insights I find thru Pinterest.  And today’s infographic adds to these exceptional tips.

Below is a chart based on the 5 P’s to developing a character – physical, psychological, personal, personality, and practices.  What’s creative and helpful about this chart is that it’s quick, easy to comprehend, and has enough facets to build a substantial character.  By the time, the writer is done, it should feel as if he/she’s known this character for a long time.

 

 

Life of a #Writer: Finding the Perfect Synonym to Replace Bland #Words

When I’m writing, sometimes I’m at a loss to find the right word.  A word that not only describes what a character is doing or feeling.  One that makes the character interesting, yet giving life to the story.  When the time arises, I reach for the almighty thesaurus…or resort to great lists like these found on Pinterest.