Me and Goals (aka, the love-hate relationship)

Let me say a scary word.  GOALS.

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Ah, goals.  They’re shiny, impossible things that everyone wants to conquer, but they are kind of scary to because no one ever seems to complete them.

I have too many of them.  And yet I add to the on-going list all. the. time.  

Now, some people might say it’s good to make goals.  People tend to make goals during New Years, but February rolls around, and everyone has quietly dropped those goals.  (Except for the select few that actually keep those goals.  In that case, good for you.)

Here’s the problem with goals.  They tear me down. Continue reading

What to do When Lacking Motivation to Write

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Shout out to all who have already broken their writing New Year’s Resolutions…  Yeah, that would be me.

I took this (short) interesting quiz of sorts.  I’m a pretty big fan of The Rebelution, and they have some good articles, so you should check them out.  Back to the topic, I took this quiz they offered called the WriterScore (free).  It was helpful for me to figure out where I was lacking.  The result categories are: Continue reading

2016’s Best

Okay, I’m laying out all my cards on the table.  I have no idea what to write about today.  I know, crazy.  What writer doesn’t have anything to write about?  So, you’ll get your book review tomorrow, but today is just for funsies.  It’s late, but here is a list of 2016’s best. (All pics from Pinterest)  Continue reading

Word Choice

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Let’s start with a list.  Thin, slim, lanky, skinny, gaunt, slender.  Take a moment and put them in order  in your head, from worst to best.

Your list might look something like this: gaunt, skinny, lanky, thin, slim, slender.  There might be a few switched words, but it should be about the same.  What’s the point?  It turns out, that though all these words mean about the same thing in the dictionary, they carry further, emotional, weight.  

For example: Brainy means having or showing intelligence.

Bright also means the about the same thing, by the dictionary.  Which one sounds better?  Which one sounds worse?

Brainy often has negative connotation, and bright has positive connotation.

Same thing for cunning and clever.  Cunning sounds sneaky  or sly (like a fox!), while clever can mean smart, or quick to understand.  They might both have the same dictionary definition, (or a close one) but they have different meanings.

Connotation refers to the additional meanings or definitions beyond the word.  There might be emotional weight, attitude, or other implications stressed beyond the dictionary definition.

When writing anything, may it be book, story, or email, it is important to pay attention to word choice.  Written words don’t have the tone of voice or attitude behind the meaning, they just are.   Paying attention to the connotation can make the reader’s experience more enriching. 

Don’t go overboard!  The best words are the ones that clearly and concisely state what you want to say.  As George Orwell stated, “Let the meaning choose the word.”

Works Cited

Massie, Kristy et al. Grammar the Right Way: Application.  Updated ed, Over the Bar Instruction, 2016.

 

Building Strong Characters

guest-postSo….  Wysteria from headintheclouds913.wordpress.com wrote a guest post on my blog, (Which you can find here) so I wrote one on her cool blog!  (Find that one HERE!)


Someone once told me: “Premise is what makes me pick up the book and start reading.  Plot is what makes me continue reading.  But the characters are the ones that make me pick up the book and read it over again.”  You could have an awesome plot complete with unicorns, a thieving dragon, high-tech computers, and coffee, but if you don’t have in depth characters, no one is going to care.  I wrote a little about this here.

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