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Long after a writer has learned to create interesting characters, construct strong plots, invent believable settings, and come up with convincing dialogue, she might still be writing sentences like, “Marissa felt really, really angry” or “Jake was happy as a clam.”
It wasn’t until multiple writing teachers had commented on my tendency to describe my characters’ feelings with boring words like “cheerful” and “depressed” that I began to make a serious study of how excellent writers depict emotions. What I found was that, while writing emotion may be easy to screw up, it’s also easy to fix, if you know a few simple techniques.
Here are four ways to depict emotion in your writing, with examples from some of the best writers…Continue
I played the clarinet when I was a girl, but after the audition for college orchestra went badly, I put the instrument away in a closet (a series of closets, actually), and didn’t touch it again for three decades.
Then one day my friend Josh told me he was in a bind. His daughter’s bat mitzvah was coming up, and he’d lovingly arranged a little piece for it. But the clarinetist in the ensemble (age 12) had decided she didn’t want to play after all. Could I fill in?
Last week, Catharine Bramkamp talked about how to book guests for your podcast.
Continuing with our mini-series on podcasting, this week, Catharine will address something that I'm sure causes any podcaster the flop sweats, embarrassment, and loss of face: how to handle--and avoid--disasters.…Continue
When I started the search for a publisher for Again and Again, a high-profile friend referred me to a big-name agent (we’ll call him Mr. Big). “He wants women writers,” she told me. “Your novel is just what he’s looking for.”
Mr. Big worked the old-fashioned way: no electronic submissions. As directed by his website, I sent a single-page query via snail mail. Six weeks later I got a one-paragraph reply in my mailbox asking for the first fifty pages, which I shipped immediately. Another six weeks went by before I got the request for the entire manuscript, and at least another six before I got a call from this agent’s assistant. “I loved your novel,” he said, “and so did my colleague, also a man. We’re sure the big guy will love it, too.” [Really, that’s what they called him.] “I…Continue
When you feel the “green-eyed monster” creeping up to you then brush him off. Tell him to beat it and instead focus on all you have to be grateful for. Keep your attention there until your little green friend goes of in search of…
Loving a Texan from New Orleans -- PART 5 ** Early Release**
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“He’s Not Small, and He Sure Isn’t Slow”
One of the most dramatic parts of my forthcoming book, “Changed by Chance…Champion by Choice”, details the year after Lauren’s death. That period is filled with jagged highs and lows.
In an effort to pull myself out of my grief, we take a trip to the Caribbean for my birthday. While there, I become pregnant with Bryan. That happiness comes to a screeching halt half way through my pregnancy when I am diagnosed with…
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