Category: details in writing

4 Ways to Create Great Settings 0

4 Ways to Create Great Settings

Every story is unique, and, as the creator of that setting, you are in charge for making it come alive with setting details.  That includes the where, the time of day/week/year/century, the sensory images, the buildings or location, the season and much more to help the reader step into the emotions associated with writing. Not always as easy task, but an important one. Consider these points as you work on setting: Choose relevant impressions rather than making blanket statements. Weave them into the story early on without making an opening paragraph filled with generic setting details. Look through books you...

Compare and Contrast Words 0

Compare and Contrast Words

Using compare/contrast can amp up your writing. Here’s lists of words to use when you want to express: COMPARE                            CONTRAST                           BOTH in 1 work: alike                                         different                                  by the same token both                                         differ                                       conversely same                                        unalike                                     rather similar                                      not alike                                  but likeness                                    difference                                likewise           in common                              on the other hand                    similarly                                   however          in comparison  to                     although as well as                                 in contrast to in a like manner                       while also                                          despite comparatively                          nevertheless in the same way                      still another most important                        although                                                 compared with                                                                                                instead                                                 less than                                                 more than                                                 otherwise                                                 rather than                                                 unlike                                                 yet

5-Minute Writing Conferences with Students 0

5-Minute Writing Conferences with Students

Working with an entire class of writers means setting up writing conferences to allow them to share their writing in a meaningful way that you can assess. It also allows you to provide feedback. This may also be used with adult writers you work with on their works. But how can that be accomplished in a timely manner? Here’s one idea. Provide a writing rubric for the students to fill out prior to conferencing with you. Provide a reflection paper for the students to fill out prior to your conferencing. Pre-read their work and record your notes on a separate...

Ideas for Writing Comparisons and Contrasts 0

Ideas for Writing Comparisons and Contrasts

I like to use a Venn diagram to lay out my ideas before I write a compare-contrast piece. Place the opposing topic. one on either side, the outer spaces of the circles. Place the way they are alike in the area where the two circles intersect.   Here’s as example of how to setup the Venn diagram: Before or During Sunrise  VS  During or After Sunset   Other general topics to get you thinking. Add detail words to limit the topic [largest (animals)] – [smallest (animals)]   largest-smallest                most treasured-least appreciated              summer-winter   easy-difficult                   heroic-senseless                                        bright-dark...

Getting Ready for NaNoWriMo? 0

Getting Ready for NaNoWriMo?

5 Tips About Writing with Rhythm by Mark Nichol from Daily Writing Tips Think of all the things you do each day, including mundane tasks like getting dressed, cooking meals, and speaking to other people. They all involve patterns or random sequences of ebb and flow: rhythm. Writing is like that, too. Just as with any other activity, rhythm in writing can occur automatically, but it’s improved by conscious attention. Here are five tips for enhancing your writing by attending to rhythm: Alternate Sentence Length Vary the word count for your sentences – not mathematically, not analytically, but naturally, organically....

Adjectives 1

Adjectives

Nouns share people, places and things important to a story. Verbs show action. Together they form the foundation of any story. Now, think your adjectives. They are like the petals of a flower; they enhance the core of your story by describing the nouns. Too many will drag down the flow of words, make the story droop with their weight; too few will leave a story petal-less, lacking details that allow the reader to paint their own picture and “see” what and where and to whom events are happening. Striking a balance means you share the best descriptive words you...

Planning a Story 0

Planning a Story

ONE WAY TO PLAN YOUR STORY There are lots of ways to plan a story but this one is an easy way to step into your ideas. Hope it works for you as well as it works for me.

A Writing Obstacle Course: Race to the End 2

A Writing Obstacle Course: Race to the End

Writing a story is a lot like running an obstacle course. It can’t be a straight line. To hold the attention and interest of readers it needs obstacles and problems to be dealt with along the way. Those problems need to build, creating an escalating reasons for a reader to finish the story/book. Recently I spoke with a person who read my novel,Tasman-An Innocent Convict’s Struggle for Freedom, in one sitting. She said she got so engaged that she couldn’t stop until she discovered Ean’s fate. Her comments had me floating for days. It verified that I’d created an obstacle...

The ABC’s of Student Writing Topics 0

The ABC’s of Student Writing Topics

Somewetimes students need a bit of inspiration to find a writing topic that interests them. Creating a potential list of topics for students is as simple as ABC: Feel free to add to or alter the list to match your needs. It’s always fun to play with words and topics to keep writing time fresh.

Quotes Worth a Look 0

Quotes Worth a Look

When I read, I often find author’s have exquisite sentences. I save them in a special notebook. Here are a few I’ve sincerely appreciated. She maneuvered through the cranky traffic…tempers caught fire as easily as backyards. Kristin Hannah in Magic Hour Perhaps there is a secret homing instinct in books that brings them to their perfect readers. The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society  bby Mary Ann Shaffer & Anne Barrows As they crossed the street, the moon, at half-phase, spread creamy light over the world, trannsforming the sidewalk to pale ribbons and putting thick shadows beneath the trees… LaVyrle...