Wordtrails #42 Character Development in Novels

Character Development in Your Novel How do we really get to know or identify with characters in a story? How you would know if they were: Shifty? (no eye contact, restless, impatient), Motherly? (stroking child’s hair, fussing about), Domineering? (leaning over you, raising voice, belittling), Cavalier? ( flipping hair, dismissive tone). These suggestions are good but do not really involve emotion. Now go beyond. Use the five plus senses....

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Wordtrails #41 The Waiting Game

The Waiting Game “Life is short.” This phrase is bouncing around in my mind lately. We like most people, are faced with the inevitable aches and pains in life. Few, if anyone, are not affected by their own misfortunes or those of others close to them. Time does have a way of dulling the aches and although sorrowful, we do manage to move on with our own journeys. I might for a time be motivated to exercise better or make some changes but it...

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Wordtrails #40 A Source of Worthwhile Blogs for All Writers

Once in a while a really worthwhile website reveals itself in that fog called the internet. I have found several well written blogs on writerswrite.co.za. Topics are varied and seem suitable for both beginning and more experienced writers. Blog examples include: Dialogue Tips, 25 Types of Content That Make Your Blog Irresistible, 209 Words to Describe Taste, and 5 Instances When You Need To Tell (And Not Show). The blogs are clear, concise and...

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Wordtrails #39 Listen

Listen The biggest communication problem many of us have is that we do not listen to understand but we listen to reply. Counterproductive isn’t it? We are in such a hurry these days that we almost listen with one foot tapping. Heaven forbid if it is a drawn out story. In our haste to add our two cents worth, we might misunderstand the message and sometimes we can offend our partner by silently implying what they are saying isn’t as important...

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Wordtrails #38 Save the Changes

Do We Want to Save the Changes? An acquaintance of mine once said, “At the end of the day life should ask us – Do we want to save the changes?” In other words, have you made a difference, chosen wisely, made forward progress? Have you lived a day worth saving? Unlike our efforts on the computer, we can’t delete, backspace or edit our lives. You can’t delete unkind words, go back for a do over or edit what has already happened. Each day...

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Wordtrails#37 Time

Time Time waits for no one.  … Where does time go? … Its time is passed.  … It’s time to begin again. … ticking time bomb…take your time…time is up…time limit…sands of time…time share…time to go…time me…time for me…time for us…time well spent … bath time… bedtime…sometime…timeless…timeline…one time… Time will tell. …Time heals all wounds. …in our time…time has come…timeless…just in...

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