• Beautiful Words,  Craft

    Find Your Voice through Word Choice A Guest Post By Sophia Ryan

    An artist friend of mine often rolls a piece of paper into a tube and looks through it at a spot on her painting-in-progress. She says it helps her to isolate a particular aspect of her painting, whether it be a tone or hue or whatever, and then to compare it to what’s around it. Separating it, she says, from the distraction of the surrounding parts lets her really see and analyze it. Only then can she determine whether it truly fits. I stumbled onto a writing exercise the other day that acted as a paper tube isolation device for me. Unfortunately, I can’t recall which book it was in…

  • #Top10Tuesday,  Beautiful Words,  Community,  Reading

    Top 10 Tuesdays! Top 10 Ways To Love Your Local Library

    It seems fitting to me to incorporate a tribute to libraries in my theme of Beautiful Words. Where else can you get access to free  beauty?   My local libraries have been very generous in helping me with author signings and events. I’d like to suggest the sooner you start loving your local library (and the people who work there) the better your relationship and the more help they’ll give you in your marketing goals. 1. Bring them a treat.  Showing up with cookies or donuts just to say thank you would almost always be welcome. 2. Donate your books. Libraries differ on their donations policy, so it’s better to ask…

  • Beautiful Words,  Craft

    What’s in a Word? A Guest Post By Robin Patchen

      Does a single word matter that much to your book? Sure, a poet will pour over every letter. And according to a recent blog on this very site, reading poetry will not just make us better writers, but better people. But for those of us penning hundred-thousand-word novels, can a single word make that big of a difference? Absolutely.  Words are more than just letters on a printed page. Words can summon images and scents and sounds and feelings. They can be musical or plodding, lyrical or barbaric. Speak aloud the word lyrical. Do you hear the music? And barbaric sounds just that. Imagine the difference between the words…

  • Beautiful Words

    Why We Need The Beautiful

    10 Minute Novelists’ theme for April is Beautiful Words. Please check out all of our posts and consider how you can make your words more beautiful.  Regardless of tastes, preferences or trends, I believe the beautiful calls to us. There is something inside of us that longs for symmetry, for rhythm, for thoughtful curves, for delicacy, for images that spurn our emotions, that bring out in us the good and noble. We all enjoy art for a variety for reasons, but no one can deny how beautiful art serves a purpose.  It points us to the good in humanity. It exalts mankind’s creativity. It echoes ancient truths. Beautiful art feeds our souls. As we write,…

  • Beautiful Words,  Craft,  Revising and Editing

    Top 10 Easy Ways To Make Your Sentences More Beautiful

     For the month of April, this blog is celebrating Beautiful Words! Today I have a list! Top 10 Easy Ways To Make Your Sentences More Beautiful 1. Eliminate the adverbs and adjectives. Stick in a metaphor if you want the reader to appreciate the nuances and features of the noun. Or pick a better noun. 2. Read it out loud. Listen for rhythms and cadence. Add in phrases or clauses to slow things down, add description or amp up emotion. 3. Don’t let it start with “There was” or “There were.” 4. Rearrange where the verb and noun are in the sentence, but don’t make it passive. 5. Add an element…

  • #MondayBlogs,  Beautiful Words,  Creativity,  Discipline

    Why Modern Writers Need Poems (Or Why Poems Are The Equivalent of Kale Smoothie)

    Everybody hates the guy who tells them how to eat. Except it’s not usually a guy. Usually, it’s a conscientious, often neurotic mother, who while having very good reasons to monitor her family’s needs decides that everyone else in the world need her wisdom too. She may criticize your gluten, your sugar, your GMOs or your 99 cents a pound hot dogs. Her answer to everything is based on her research, her scouring of local farmers and her refrigerator full of raw dairy. And she’ll be happy to tell you what you’re doing wrong. I’m going to be that mom today. I’m going to say: You should read more poems.…

  • Beautiful Words,  Craft

    How Do You Discover Your Writing Voice? A Guest Post By Ally Bishop

    How do you discover your writing voice? Sounds like a crazy question, especially if you’ve been writing for some time. But I recently worked with an incredibly talented writer who hadn’t quite nailed down her voice, and when she asked what I meant when I said as much, I realized that it’s something that we rarely discuss in writing circles, nor do we define its hazy boundaries. So what’s this elusive voice of which I speak? I’m so glad you asked. Think about the last time you dove into your favorite book series or discovered a tome in the used bookstore by an author you used to love. As you…