That First Time

I’m hoping to show improvement in my skill with descriptive narrative with something of my own creation. § The gutter of the street was littered with paper, Styrofoam cups, and cigarette butts. Maura Kendal hurried along the wide sidewalk trying not to cough as she breathed in the fumes from the cars and buses whooshing …

She Endured

This is one of my own creations for this week’s exercise. I’m trying to show emotions without it standing out. Also, I’m trying to show inner strength and composure. § She could hear him in the bedroom opening and closing drawers. It was a familiar sound. One the woman heard every day. Yet today, it …

Autumn Storm

[I want desperately to be skilled at painting pictures with words. Studying what I’ve written for the first draft of my first-ever book, I’m acutely aware of how inept my writing really is. I still want to write my story, but I need to develop my abilities at this craft before I get much further …

Focusing on Description

Over at Fiction University, Janice Hardy challenges her readers with writing exercises. Actually, she calls them prompts but she always wants the participants to concentrate on specific perspectives. I usually pass these activities by because I feel I’m doing okay on the particular focus for that time around. However, I’ve been struggling with descriptions as …

Before The Story

I have an online friend, Jacqui Murray, who puts so much effort into her groundwork for her books that I’m utterly stupefied by it. She does research, charts, diagrams, maps, worksheets, spreadsheets, and heaven knows what else. She is the ultimate plotter. How much detail should go into the preliminary work of a novel? When …