Most of us make lists for grocery shopping and reminders of things that need to be done around the house; why should your writing be any different?
Editing. The point after you’ve finished creating your manuscript when you revisit your writing to see how much more work you really have to do. Editing is taking your rough sketch, drawing in the final lines, and adding color to turn it into a masterpiece. Editing is where the magic happens in writing.
How to Make Your Characters Say Some Amazing Things
Dialogue is something so necessary in storytelling, it’s worth making sure what you’ve written is the best it can be. There are several things to keep in mind when writing or revising your story’s dialogue.
Bibliophile (noun): anyone who loves books or is a collector of books
I am a true bibliophile, loving books in all their many forms. Words are powerful. They can make a person feel all facets of emotion just by reading them on the page.
I have been toying around with the idea of creating an Ink & Stitches logo for awhile now. In addition to my blog, I am starting an Etsy store called: InkAndStitchesArt. This shop (which is on vacation status at the moment until the listings are ready to go) will include: amigurumi patterns, occasional finished amigurumi, prints of some of my illustrations, stamps, and stickers as well. I am also readying an Ink & Stitches YouTube Channel, that will teach viewers how to crochet, but more specifically, how to crochet amigurumi.
For the entire month of April, I am taking up fellow blogger, Arlee Bird‘s challenge to post a new blog post each day (except for Sundays: the day to rest my typing fingers). For her challenge, bloggers are invited to create a theme for their posts or just post at random. The one rule is that each day’s post pertains to something that starts with a letter of the alphabet. There are 26 days in the challenge and as many letters in the alphabet. Day one will be to write on a topic beginning with the letter “A”, and so on.
This week has all been a bit of a blur. The time change threw me for a loop for two reasons: (1) Even though I’d been reminded about it by my mom several times, I still managed to forget last night that I was losing an hour; and (2) I was so excited about the new Gallery I’m putting together for my website and blog, that I stayed up until 1:00am (really 2:00am with the time change) to work on it!
Dialogue is a tricky, fickle thing. It can draw the reader into interactions between characters faster than any narrative could ever hope to do. Dialogue can make its readers laugh, smile, get angry, and sometimes reach for the Kleenex box on the bedside table.
Finding What Doesn’t Add Up While Editing
Whether you are a Plotter or a Pantser when it comes to writing (see my post Writing: Plotter vs. Pantser), one thing all writers have in common is the need to work feverishly to get the story down on paper. What can often slip through the cracks during this mad rush to tell a story, however, is continuity.
When we make the decision to become a writer, it is because there is a story so urgent to be told, that it won’t leave us alone until we tell it.