I talk with my hands. No I don’t know sign language and no I’m not Italian, even though people have asked me if I am. My hands have a mind of their own and many times I don’t realize what they are doing until I realize the person I’m talking to, is staring at them. My hands will wave and point. Sometimes my palms will go up and my fingers will splay out. Then there are times during stress that my hands will clench and release.
Our hands are probably one of the most expressive parts of our body. They say the eyes are the window to our souls, but our hands can tell people when we are happy, sad, stressed, and angry
Hands can be warm, cold, soft, or rough and calloused. Some hands are small while others are large. There are fat stubby fingers and long slender ones. It’s been said, “Cold hands are a sign of a warm heart.”
I have read that when we write dialogue, our characters should be doing something. When we talk, we don’t just stand there like a statue. If you are talking to me, my hands are all over the place, but not everyone talks with grand gestures. What are your characters doing as they talk to each other? Are their hands clasped behind their back? Is he drumming his fingers on the desk? Maybe she is checking out her manicure.
A tear rolls down his cheek and she gently wipes it away with the tip of her finger.
He shoves his hands in his pockets and looks at the ground.
As you are reading this what are your hands doing? Are they folded in your lap? Maybe you’re tapping on your desk or pulling at that loose thread on your shirt. Scratching, touching, helping, clenching, adjusting our clothes, or running our fingers through our hair, our hands always seem to be doing something.
When we describe our characters we always touch on the obvious. Tall, thin, curvy, dark hair, light skin, etc. But what do your character’s hands say about them?
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Not yet…But I am halfway through. This is a long book. 613 pages. It starts out a little slow, but that’s just to set the scene. Once I was past that...Wow! I have been on the most Amazing roller coaster ride of my life! There are twists and turns and ups and downs, and loop da loops! I am fully invested in the characters. I’m rooting for Switch and even have a soft spot for Dreggo. Not sure how many stars I will give it when I’m finished (depends on how it turns out ) But right now it’s looking like a five star. If you’d like to jump on this roller coaster with me, pick up The Tube Riders by Chris Ward and ride the trains with “The Tube Riders“
And check out “The Passive Voice” for a great post about “to review or not to review”
No, it’s not writer’s block! I refuse to have writer’s block! No, No, No!
It’s just the words won’t come…. It’s just a bump in the road…It’s….
I stare at the empty page. Or maybe the page has lots of words, but I can’t see them…
Yeah! Maybe that’s it. They are invisible. So…
I’ve been reading and reading and reading…UGH!
Even writing reviews, of what I’ve read, are hard to find the words to say what I feel.
And it’s not like the stories aren’t there. I talk to my characters. I ask them, “Where do you want to go from here? What do you want to say?” And we have these long conversations and yet…The words just aren’t getting from my
Brilliant Scatterbrained mind to the paper.
We do a word prompt at my local writer’s group. This past meeting the prompt was, “What are you looking for?” And I had no problem with that one. The homework one on the other hand…“Two hours went by and he/she wasn’t there.” And I’m drawing a blank. No creative spark. No…
I like the people in my writer’s group. They are coming up on their 4 year anniversary. (I just recently joined and have been to 4 meetings) But most of them write non-fiction and I’m a fiction writer. It was brought up at the last meeting are you happy with the group the way it is, or would you like to see some changes? Critiquing was pretty much out-voted. The basic theme of the group, which is called, Writers helping writers, is we do a word prompt, then we do another exercise, and then we read our stories from the last meeting’s homework prompt. There are pats on the back. Good job comments and that’s about it. I want more! I want to be challenged. I want someone to say, “You should have said this, or maybe you could write it this way. I want to move forward. I want to challenge others! I want to be the best I can be and I want to help you be the best you can be.
That said…I’m stuck…I have been writing a blog post about, Chris’ Journey the first book, and even that I’m stuck on. LOL
So I have been reading. Reading help books. Reading other blogs. Reading the books that were shared in my blog series, “Judging a Book by its Cover” and writing short reviews.
Here are two blog posts I read this morning. The first one is about famous writer’s tips on overcoming writer’s block.
And the second one is about self-doubt, struggles, and The Insecure Writer’s Support Group.
And here are two of the help books, I have been reading. The first one, I have read more than once. It is “250 Things you should know about Writing” written by Chuck Wendig. A word of caution. Chuck writes with humor and some of that humor is rated G, and some is PG, and then there is R, and maybe even some X-rated thoughts. So if you have virgin ears, er…virgin eyes, then this book is not for you, but he does give some great tips!
“The Little Red Writing Book” by Brandon Royal
Well I am off! I have a beta read to finish this morning and another short story to finish and write the review on Amazon, and then maybe…I can get unstuck
Happy Monday everyone and enjoy your week!
I just finished reading this blog post and wanted to share the link. It’s titled “In The Corner– Writing exercise” Check it out!
When I did a call out for authors to share their book covers for my blog series, “Judging a Book by its Cover” Vonda shared the first book in her new series. Now I don’t normally read erotic (blushing) books. Phew! Is it hot in here or is it just me…? Anyone have a fan? Could you turn it on?
Karen closes her eyes and lets the breeze cool her beet red checks and murmurs, “Thank you. Must be my hot flashes.”
Vonda Norwood is a funny and talented writer. “ The Door on The Left” is the second book I have read from her and I find that it is Vonda’s humor that makes her characters fun to read and realistic. I enjoyed the story and yes there is a storyline and not just sex. There were a few typos, but they didn’t take away from the overall flow of the story. I was a bit dismayed by the ending though, but then being a romance writer I’m always looking for a happily ever after, but it does end in a happy for now. Which is understandable being that it is the first book in a series. I do have to say, “ The Door On The Left” is for adults only.
If you like erotica, humor, and a great story, with fun and passionate characters, I recommend “The Door on the Left”
Pick up your e-book copy here and I am waiting patiently for book two to come out. (Tapping fingers on desk wondering if the fan has a speed setting of extra high.)
And with that…
Tomorrow I will be reviewing, “ The Adventures of Cecilia Spark – the Brimstone Forest” written by Ngaire Elder
Mark is another one of the authors who shared his book cover with us on my blog series, Judging a Book by its Cover.
I have to give Mark a thumbs up! Writing is hard no matter what you write, but try writing a story, with a beginning, a middle and an end in only 100 words and he did it! Now that’s tight writing.
Each story was unique and different. Some made me smile, while others made me chuckle. And then there were the ones that had a twist and a surprise ending.
If you only have a few minutes of time to read, Pick up the e-book here. I guarantee you won’t want to put it down.
Now for My Daily Numeroscope: I’m a One, by the way.
THURSDAY, MAR 7, 2013
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When is the last time you picked up a novel? Reading regularly can be the quickest and surest way to continuously add to your knowledge base. Even if an entire novel can’t hold your interest, a collection of short stories may bring much to you. A busy lifestyle can see many people forget to engage in this pleasure, but a 7-Day like this can remind you of the benefits. Consider picking up something to delve into today.
And with that, my next review will be for “Erotic The Door On The Left” by Vonda Norwood, which I will post tomorrow!
I was reading Emily Guido’s post titled, “The Next Big Thing” And you can find her post here…
For those that don’t know, Emily is the author of “The Light-Bearer” series.
And Alastair asked, “How do you carry on the story across novels?”
It’s easy. Most novels have a beginning, middle, and an end. Yes, they lived happily ever after, done. But did they? Even though you think your story is done and most stories have the characters ending their story when they are in, let’s say their thirties, Does that mean life just stops for them? It doesn’t for us, so why should it for our beloved characters? Even after Stephen King wrote “The End” for his Dark Tower series, he still had a story to tell in, “The Wind Through The Keyhole” Which was a story within a story, within a story But it was like touching base with old friends and seeing what they were up to.
Take one of the characters from one of your books and create a new adventure for them. Or how about making a separate story for one of your minor characters. A spinoff so to speak.
Take “Chris’ Journey Turning Different Corners” for example. In the first book of Chris’ journey starts out when she’s 12 and takes her to the age of 22. In book one she meets Sue, who becomes her best friend, but book 1, as well as books 2, 3, and 4, are about Chris’ life, even though Sue is in all 4 books, the story doesn’t really talk about Sue’s life before she met Chris, so that’s one option.
The reason I decided to make Chris’ Journey a series is because I wrote the 4th book first as a stand alone and when I was finished, I found that there were questions that could be answered if I wrote books 1, 2, and 3.
What makes you decide to make your stand alone novel into a series?