It's Patricia, and I just want to give a nice, big, warm welcome! So happy you've found us, and if we can help in ANY way, please fill out the form on the sidebar!
Today, I am going to share with you the first chapter of my novel "Happily Never After".
I hope you enjoyed reading that as much as I did writing it!
I came up with the idea for this story a while back. I can't remember what I was doing, but it hit me like a semi-truck. Getting it down on paper was another story... ;)
In this piece, I use what I like to call A Word Picture. I have tried to make you see, not just understand. I have a few questions that I like to ask myself when writing a scene with lots of description.
1) What is my m/c feeling? - What are his/her five senses feeling? Do they feel a breeze touching their face? Or do they feel fire engulfing their hands? Do they smell freshly baked sugar cookies? Or do they smell freshly made cow manure? Do they see a peaceful, golden sunrise? Or do they see a raging forest fire? Do they hear soft, classical music floating around in the background? Or do they hear the loud screeching of tires and the crunching of metal?
What is their conscience feeling? Are they guilty, sad, joyful, tired, weak, or angry?
Put it to words.
2) What does the scenery look like? - This is a little bit self-explanatory... But I do want to warn you! A lot of description can be a bit tedious to read. If you have too much, you may lose the interest of your audience.
3) Is there something else going on that my characters will find out about later? - Is something happening to your m/c's best friend, while you are writing this scene? Set your scene up so that your character's emotions can be molded into what you want them to be when they find out.
Well, that's all I have for you today! I must say... I LOVE working with this new blog... So fresh and new...
Anyway, make sure you're here tomorrow! Emilie is kicking off our first posting series! I'm sure it's going to be brilliant!
Love you all!