All posts tagged: Write tips

Keeping The Creative Juices Flowing, #3

“This topic is a series. From time to time, I will be dishing out practical advice based on my writing experiences that have worked for me.” *Watch a movie/video One of the best description scenes I’ve enjoyed pulling off came from watching a 3-second part of a scene in a movie. In my mind I had an idea of what this scene should look like in my book but time and again it remained too foggy to describe on paper or screen what I saw in my mind. The general idea just kept floating in my mind but never letting me grasp it, it was so frustrating. I’m sure you writers know what I’m talking about. I experienced this untamable fog while trying to describe a large property in my book. I went ahead and finished the manuscript hoping that by then I would have developed the description well enough to do a satisfactory job but this fog just plain refused to give way. Well, I had to get on somehow if I would declare …

Keeping The Creative Juices Flowing, #2

“This topic is a series. From time to time, I will be dishing out practical advice based on my writing experiences that have worked for me.” *Explore a photograph. This is most useful for description. You’ve probably heard that the best way to describe your character’s environment is to put yourself in their place. You should ask yourself: what do they see when they look around? What smell tickles their nostrils? Is there a sound in the air and how do they respond to it? What sensations do their skin feel—perhaps a response to the weather? How does that food taste in their mouth? In other words, you’re exploring the five senses to achieve excellent description. The problem is, sometimes your mind can’t paint a vivid picture of what you want, and you really can’t afford to waste precious time because you’re on a deadline, or you simply don’t like the fact that you have to wait until your mind has a boost. Who knows how long that would take? Finding a picture that helps …