Monday, November 13, 2017

Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire

It's that time of year again, when all thoughts point toward Christmas.  Movies on television are related the season, the bookstores are stocking books about Christmas, and even lists are being made for Santa.

How many of you authors are putting out Christmas related books this year?  Are you writing one now, hoping to have it done before Christmas day?  My hand's raised...and it's not going quite as planned.

Christmas is a magical time of year, and to include that type of magic in a story is tough.  Thinking of all the things that relate to Christmas, like snow, fireplaces, and all the delicious food, helps.  Just the thought gives me more energy than expected.

How about you?  What gets you excited for the season?

Have a great week!
Markee/SweetTale Books

Monday, November 6, 2017

Writing Internal Thoughts

I've seen many ways to write internal thoughts, but find that it's actually least intrusive when just making it part of the story.

Here's an example:

He was going to die, Jane thought.  While watching the car careen out of control in front of her, she could only pray.
He was going to die.  While watching the car careen out of control in front of her, she could only pray.
He was going to die. While watching the car careen out of control in front of her, she could only pray.
Which one takes you out of the story the least?  I'd say the third one.

To back myself up, check out these links:

Dealing With A Character’s Internal Thoughts
How to write Thoughts of a Character

Personally, I don't like seeing 'he thought' in a sentence.  We're reading it from the character's point of view, so why put it in there. 

What do you think?

Have a great week!
Markee