Category Archives: Emotional Impact

Writerly Quote – Holly Gerth

“Be courageous and try to write in a way that scares you a little” – Holley Gerth When it comes to putting words on the page, finding the right ones that will engage the reader and make your story compelling … Continue reading

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NaNo 2014 – Keeping Momentum

Congratulations, if you are still keeping up with NaNoWriMo you are entering the home stretch. For those who are keeping up with the daily goals, today you should be passing the 31,000 word mark – way to go! If you … Continue reading

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The Tragic Backstory – When is it too much?

The other night hubby and I were debating over Doctor Who’s tragic backstory.  Hubby believes that having the Doctor be the last of a murdered species is over the top and unnecessary.  Having there be a possibility that there might … Continue reading

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The Science of Creepy

I saw this terrific Youtube video about creepiness and thought it was perfect to share, especially now that Halloween decorations have hit the shelves and submissions for scary stories are coming due.  If you have a WIP you are trying … Continue reading

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Odd Writer Terminology: Mawkish and Maudlin

This installment of Odd Writer Terminology is inspired by a recent David Farland Writing Tip about writing emotions. If you haven’t subscribed to his daily emails, I highly recommend it.  He provides insights not only into the vast writing universe, … Continue reading

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The Dark Night of the Soul

In the hero’s journey there is a point where the hero is fighting his last battle when all will seem lost.  He is pushed to his limits, he is tired, he already feels defeated and he wonders if it is … Continue reading

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The Caged Bird Has Flown Free

This morning I was saddened to learn of the passing of renowned poet and icon of her generation, Dr. Maya Angelou.  Although I’ve never been a terrific student of poetry, I have experienced Maya’s work when in a high school … Continue reading

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Is Tragedy Worth Writing?

We’ve all read at least one tragedy, whether it was the required high school reading of Romeo and Juliet, or perhaps the recent Fault in Our Stars by John Green.  Some readers are drawn to the heightened emotion that is … Continue reading

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Writing Suspense

The great thing about attending a conference is being able to sit and listen to different lectures about all sorts of different topics.  Even better, I get to use my notes to share what I learned with you, my dear … Continue reading

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Descriptive Prose

This last weekend I attended a writer’s conference and listened to all sorts of excellent classes talking about the craft.  One of the classes that influenced me and my writing the most was a class on descriptive prose presented by the … Continue reading

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