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How to Write Great Descriptions. Descriptions are some of my favorite things to do.

How to Write Great Descriptions

But they’re not easy to write well. Descriptions have changed over the years. Stienbeck’s The Gapes of Wrath was published in 1939. Here’s the beginning: Don’t get me wrong, I’m a huge Steinbeck fan, but that was before TV, Netflix, apps, and Xbox. The good news is, you don’t need to. On Lover's Lips by Staci Troilo. Writing is hard, and writing a kissing scene is even harder because as romance writers and readers, we know it’s a pivotal point in the story.

On Lover's Lips by Staci Troilo

First time Visiting Professor Staci Troilo joins us today to explain what’s behind the kiss and outlines elements that enhance the importance of this intimate moment. [One randomly chosen commenter will win an e-book copy of Staci’s book, Bleeding Heart.] Welcome to RU, Staci! Kiss. It’s a four-letter word, but certainly not a naughty one. Little children spell it in sing-songy rhymes about their friends sitting in trees. Wait. I mean the romantic kiss. I’ve read that ancient lovers thought the act of kissing united souls, because they believed breath carried a person’s spirit.

Soul meets soul on lovers’ lips. — Percy Bysshe Shelley, Prometheus Unbound It’s a beautiful quote, isn’t it? Believe what you want about the exchange of souls. Kissing and the Five Traditional Senses. #EditTip: Narrative Distance and Filter Words - JeriWB Word Bank. Need help writing that book blurb, bio, or newsletter?

#EditTip: Narrative Distance and Filter Words - JeriWB Word Bank

Give your book the attention it deserves. Book your copy edit, manuscript critique, or proofread today. Promotional discounts change monthly. New clients receive 10% off any project over $300 booked this month. Must mention "promo" on contact. Writing Indoor Scenes by Rayne Hall. Good morning!

Writing Indoor Scenes by Rayne Hall

RU Contributor Rayne Hall is back with her first post of 2017. Does the action of your novel sometimes play out indoors? Here are some suggestions to enhance those scenes. Give the reader an idea how large the room is – not in yards and meters, but with creative descriptions and perhaps comparisons. “The studio held a narrow bed, a chair and a bookcase, with little room to walk between them.” Do you want your readers to feel like they’re really there—in the place where the story happens? Top 10 Ways To Describe An Object In Your Novel And Why It Matters. Body Language & Non-Verbal Communication. I am putting this basic list of non-verbal communication/body language together to help my writing have more depth than just plain dialog communication.

Body Language & Non-Verbal Communication

Most, but not all, is gleaned from numerous web sites that address the issue. Feel free to use this list yourself if you find it useful. This is a work in progress, and some sections need a lot more work. Feel free to let me know additional examples, and I’ll add them to the list. If you have written a related article, give me a link and I’ll add it to credit section at the top. Credit where credit is due: Admonishment • Head tilted downward • Finger wagging (up and down) Affection • Winking • Smiling Aggressiveness/Domination/Threat • Hands on hips • Pointing finger • Clenched fists • Standing with legs splayed Agreement/ Approval • Nodding head • Thumbs up • Okay gesture (in Europe it means you are nothing, in South America a vulgar gesture) Anger/Upset. Finessing Backstory.

Margie Lawson Writers know the cautions about backstory.

Finessing Backstory

I’d bet every basic how-to book for writers warns against overwhelming readers with too much backstory.

Describing Things

70 Collections to Infuse Your Writing. For the next few months, weekly writing tips will include word choice suggestions.

70 Collections to Infuse Your Writing

That includes: colorful and original descriptionspithy words and phrasespicture nouns and action verbswriting that draws a reader in and addicts them to your voice. Writing with Emotion by Laura Drake. Good morning, RU crew.

Writing with Emotion by Laura Drake

According to our stats, posts on writing emotion are very popular with readers. RITA® award winning author Laura Drake joins us with another post on the same topic. You’ll want to bookmark this one, too. Welcome, Laura! Writing “Personal” Description through Your POV Character. This month our editors are tackling Fatal Flaw #10 – Description Deficiencies.

Writing “Personal” Description through Your POV Character

Too many manuscripts are lacking essential description–of characters, setting, time or day and year, how much time has passed from scene to scene. These make for weak scenes and weak novels. Today, editor Rachel Starr Thomson begins our examination of this very fatal flaw of fiction writing: I love description. Yes, I know, lots of people quit reading in school because the books they were forced to choke down had “too much description.”

More than any other element of fiction writing, description creates immersion. This month our editors will be examining this topic from various angles. Beginning writers can easily make the mistake of thinking the best way to describe something is to convey every last detail about it. What Are Narrative Strands? Descriptive Writing.