I hope you’re having a fabulous week ;o) I also hope you enjoyed the interview with the awesome, newly-agented author, Brooklyn Ann!
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I’ve been working on the revision of my WIP, Believe, and it’s slow going for sure. I’ve run across some areas that have followed me around like lost kids.
Basically, how you get to where you need to be in order for the story to make sense. Bad ones can kill your story, good ones make it shine. Mediocre ones are forgettable. Right now, in some parts I’m lacking them altogether. I’ve also realized I need to add in some extra chapters and have been staring at a blank screen all night. If I knew a good transition I could be clicking away at my keys… *thinking* yep. I got nothing.
So. I’m curious. How do you do transitions? Do they come magically (and if they do I envy you) or do you have to work at them?
Over the weekend, I read SOME GIRLS ARE by Courtney Summers on Saturday (yeah in like 4 hours) it was that good. If you’re into edgy YA, this is the one for you. I LOVED it. Her voice is brilliant. She has a way of making you really feel empathy for the MC in situations I might not normally. This isn’t an official review, I just wanted to tell everyone how great it was. I can’t wait to read CRACKED UP TO BE!
Ooo. I bet you thought I was done. See what having NO TRANSITIONS does!
I have some exciting news, (like that transition there?) Sandy Shin Super writer and sketcher has a fantabulous blog! That’s not all. I recently won a super awesome contest on her blog where Sandy herself is going to sketch my MC, Snow!! Actually, there were 5 winners, Yay! You have to see the sketch she did already. Just clicky there on that link with her name and visit. It’s wonderful. I just want to thank Sandy! I’m excited to see the sketch and with her permission I’ll show it to you ;o)
Have a great week! Do something fun ;o) Happy writing!
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Welp, that’s all I got. I hope you are all having great weeks! I’ll be back tomorrow with the featured blog.
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I hope you are all enjoying your week! My week back to work has been okay, just trying to catch up. I didn’t have nearly the amount of emails I thought I would, so that’s good. Revising is going well. It’s slow, but the plot holes are being filled one by one!
So, the title of this post … yeah, I wrote that. Um… what? Tell me that’s not true, you might say.
I used to think I knew good examples of similes, but now I’m not sure. I can’t seem to stop writing the weird ones.
So let’s go back to the drawing board… What is a simile? You probably already know, but it never hurts to re-introduce the brain to the actual definition… why not, right?
1. a figure of speech in which two unlike things are explicitly compared, as in “she is like a rose.
2. an instance of such a figure of speech or a use of words exemplifying it.
So on to my dilemma, I love similes, but when is too much. I don’t want them to distract from the story. Unfortunately, when my critique partner takes notice of the many similes and their collective weirdness, it’s time to re-examine their existence in the story.
This is one she liked, “We both looked through our prospective boxes searching for the two kills the Senator ordered like menu items at a restaurant.”
I’m not sure if all similes are created equal. Maybe there will be a reader that likes my wacky animal/insect similes, but more often than not, the comparisons will distract from the story, so thus, they must go. *sniff*
So.. I’m curious, what type of similes do you use? Do you have any funny or unique ones you want to share?
Have a great rest of the week!
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I’m going to try and remember what the post said that magically disappeared… If you missed yesterday’s post, Blogger somehow lost 2 posts I had scheduled… It might be operator error, but I guess we’ll never know…
I hope everyone is over their Holiday Hangovers :o) I’m off of the day job this week and it’s great! My lil sis is visiting and we’re having a blast playing the new Mario game on the Wii along with Guitar Hero 5 :o)
Well, I’m editing my NaNo draft and I’ve come across what will surely be the annoying pricker in my well-oiled machine that is my first draft… Okay, maybe not well-oiled, maybe just slightly lubricated … Oh that sounds nasty – strike that. Let’s just say it will be a problem.
So what is this problem you may be asking… Well. How am I going to get the characters from Point A to Point B. And also, what movements are they going to make before they get there.
I mean how many times can one “gaze” at someone, or “walk” around a table or across the room. If I had a character sashay around a table or shimmy around a desk, it *might* sound ridiculous. Ha.
So what do I replace these movements with? I can have them move quickly, or dart across, maybe shuffle their feet? Okay there’s a few but I don’t want to overuse them either.
So, how do you deal with the transitions? Do you have the same problem? Any more suggestions?
I hope everyone’s having a great week :o)