Daily Archives: June 15, 2012

Reading Circles – Drawing Pictures with Words

Hey y’all! You ready to sink your teeth into something new? If you’re wondering about the trajectory of these Reading Circles, just to give you a bit of a guideline: we started up with some writing inspiration with A Writer’s Book of Days, then we moved into mentorship and dreaming about writing well by looking at The Giver. Now we’re heading into nuts and bolts. First up, we’ll delve into description and setting, then plot and structure, character planning and development, and then move into self-editing, and eventually, publishing. In between bigger projects, I’ll continue to throw interesting articles and author interviews your way. How is that plan working for you?

Also, if at any point, you come across something you think will be a good read for our group, feel free to pass it along to me and I’ll be happy to share and discuss it here!

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Ok, so here’s my spiel on our next read.

Have you ever struggled to find a way to bring a character or setting or situation to light? Wanted to find vivid and colorful descriptions? Do you ever feel your writing falls flat and needs some vim, some oomph, pizzazz or vigor?

Do you ever feel you have trouble extending scenes, and filling out spaces you know need to draw out more, either to build tension, set the proper tone, or mete out the perfect rhythm?

If you answered yes to any of the above, this next read is for you – whether you write blog posts or grand opuses.

Our next Reading Circle read is Ron Rozelle’s Write Great Fiction: Description and Setting.

Write Great Fiction is a fantastic series with each book tackling one aspect of writing – such a great resource for writers! So we’ll read a few chapters each week, and then I have some exercises for us to try out together and share here. You can do the exercises straight up, post them on your blog, and link them up here, or you can even work the exercises into blog posts you’re already writing and link those up! Sound fun?

We’ll start with the first chapters next week, to give everyone time to get a copy of the book. In the meantime, I’d like you to just take a minute to think about: 1) what kind of descriptions or descriptive writing you find challenging, and 2) what are your go-to words that you use all.the.time and therefore need to nix from your writing vocabulary.

Here are some of mine:
this life
and then
deep, deeper
lightness and darkness
as metaphor
vague superlatives like: great, fantastic, lovely, awesome
and adverbs of any kind.

What are some of yours?