Do The Unfamiliar To Keep Your Writing Going

Written by Catherine Franz

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Whenever I am trying to describe something, my logic side kicks in and bringsrepparttar next action to a halt. The self talk begins to say, “How can any word begin describing this beautiful sunrise?” Since drawing isn't a familiar item for me, I pull out a few drawing pencils or a water color brush and play. The drawing isn't something I do often. If I did, it would then become familiar and that self would stop me. It doesn't take but a few minutes of doing something unfamiliar beforerepparttar 139573 flow flourishes again and I am able to return torepparttar 139574 description or writing.

Always remember, allrepparttar 139575 words we use in our first draft look like ordinary words. It isn't until later that their appearance changes to extraordinary.

The left self is always telling us that every day scenes or objects are just ordinary.. A mere beer bottle onrepparttar 139576 side ofrepparttar 139577 road can receive a message, “So what.” When we pushrepparttar 139578 situation we usually ask, “How can I make this come alive?” By doing something unfamiliar inrepparttar 139579 mind or in some type of action we can releaserepparttar 139580 right side torepparttar 139581 freedom to findrepparttar 139582 words. Do so by seeingrepparttar 139583 ordinary. Describingrepparttar 139584 ordinary. At this moment you begin using both sides ofrepparttar 139585 brain. I guarantee that whatever you write will never be ordinary. Extraordinary writing is ordinary writing practiced.

Catherine Franz, life and business coach and marketing master, specializes in infoproduct development. More at: and Including articles and ezines.

Paint Me A Picture

Written by Jean Fritz

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Rich descriptions also allow you to build empathy for your characters by giving their subsequent reactions and behavior a context. Effective use of adjectives and adverbs allowrepparttar reader to “get intorepparttar 139420 head” ofrepparttar 139421 character. To mention that your main character was abused as a child is instructive, but to takerepparttar 139422 reader throughrepparttar 139423 main character’s dark memory of being thrashed on bare legs withrepparttar 139424 buckle end of a belt by a parent stinking of whiskey and sweat allows your reader to connect emotionally with your character. This serves to motivate them to read on;repparttar 139425 reader, like your main character, longs for resolution.

One word of caution regarding adjective usage – don’t overdo. Many times, laborious descriptions tend to slow downrepparttar 139426 progress of a story. Remember that adjectives arerepparttar 139427 spices that brightenrepparttar 139428 meat loaf. Just enough and you’ve created a gourmet meal; too many, and your end result meetsrepparttar 139429 garbage disposal.

The author is a freelance writer/editor and organic farmer. Her ezine, Writer's Notes, offers advice on writing, marketing and other topics relevant to writers and self-publishers. You can subscribe to Writer's Notes via the JMT Publications website (

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