Monday, March 19, 2018

Do you use these phrases?

I recently read an article:  Tighten Your Prose: Filter Words

If you're a writer, I'd highly recommend you read this one.  I've seen too many writers use this crutch, which really weakens the plot and pulls me right out of the story.  And yes, I'm guilty of it too.  I've tried to take these filter words out of my stories, but sometimes, they just creep back in again.

What are filter words?  They're phrases that 'filter the world through the eyes of the character.'

So, for example, instead of writing, 'The rain fell on the sidewalk,' the writer would write, 'She saw the rain fall on the sidewalk.'  You're now watching through her eyes.  If you want to be in the character's head, that's all fine, but as writers, we want to make the reader feel like they're there.  It's like the old 'show not tell' adage, that every writer learns at some stage in the game.  Instead of writing 'the glass broke,' we want to hear the tinkle of every shard as the thing shatters.  It makes the reader feel like they're part of the story.

So if you see any of those filter words, get rid of them if you can (read the article...sometimes you can't help but have them in).  They're usually not necessary clutter mucking up your pages.

Have a great week!
SweetTale Books

Monday, March 12, 2018

Writer's Magazine

I was just searching for something quick and fun to read and came across this site:  Writers Online

It's this big online magazine in the UK for writers.  I signed up, because there's a huge amount of information on that site.  It includes contests, classes for writing, and things like news, jobs, etc.

If you're a writer, you might want to consider checking it out.  You can even showcase your book free (if you subscribe to the magazine) to the readers on that site.

It's very interesting to read.  Check it out and sign up for the newsletter.  I did.

Have a great week!
SweetTale Books

Monday, March 5, 2018

Interesting Things to Ponder...

I was just looking online at some things about writing (the latest in writing) and found the following things:

Eight Rules for Writing Fiction
This one's funny.  I thought it was serious until I skimmed's not that serious.  Yes, the main topics of each sentence are important, but according to this, writers who ask questions out loud should be committed...because it's quiet.  LOL!

Death of the naturalist: why is the “new nature writing” so tame?
I never heard of 'nature writing' but it's a 'publishing phenomenon.'  Who knew?  Not me.  It's very interesting, though.

Writing to Trends
If you write about the latest 'trend,' you're going to need to make it unique and not 'date' the piece.  It's not easy, but there are some things that are timeless, like fashion, food, and things like that.

Are You Up With the New Style of Blog Writing?
This is an interesting one.  It describes how to write a blog like a copy for a newspaper.  That's not easy for someone like me, who has never written for a newspaper.  But it's a thought.

Well - Tara Parker-Pope on Health Search Well SEARCH WELL Writing Your Way to Happiness
Wow.  Writing can help your mood.  Who knew?  Very cool!  I like this article.  LOL!

Mad Dash
This article talks about using the dash (horizontal line like this: — ) and how it can be used effectively in writing.  It's a versatile tool, with few rules.  I love dashes, but I can overuse them.  An em-dash is longer than a regular dash, and is used for things like a pause, or used as a way to explain more, like a clause.  Great article!

Anyway, if you're a writer, keep up with the latest trends.  It's well worth the look every once in a while.

Have a great week!
SweetTale Books