A hook is a line or paragraph that draw readers in instantly. Writing hooks is essential to writing that page turner story that your reader just can’t put down.
Mention weather with only a passing reference if characters are indoors. When characters are outdoors, weather affects their actions. For stronger effect, have weather contrast character mood rather than compliment it.
Synonyms: Words to name Emotion. Basic to more extreme and refined emotion of that range.
Short versus long sentences Longer sentences can sabotage writing. The inserted information can be an interruption. This happens when the inserted information comes between the subject and the main verb. Example: John, who works in[…]
Attention span is short. Time is valuable. Your reader has infinite options of things to spend his time on, other than your story. His attention is earned and you have to fight to keep it.[…]
Symbolism emotionally sways the audience by providing hidden language within the story with highly concentrated meaning. It’s the most focused condenser-expander storytelling technique in the toolbox. Create a web of symbols, each helping to define the others, for maximum power.
The basics first: “He/she said” is the basic modifier. Dialogue tells us what is said, attribution tags tell us who said it and modifiers tell us how it was said. These are the aspects we deal with here, adverbs (he said happily) are a matter for concern in a different article.
Writing the action scene. Growing up in our cosy modern day lives, it’s easy to forget how natural and common violence truly is. People use violence, simply because it works.
A common mistake for any writer to make, is to believe every written line must be genius and perfected from the start. Creating fictional reality is messy.
Immersive writing: here are the essential ingredients to immersive writing, creating the fictional dream that turns a story into a page turner.
the secrets to conveying emotion in a natural way in literature
Subtext creates texture that links scenes to the themes and larger. It is the layer that contains unconscious information, clues to behaviour and elements of backstory. There are several techniques to achieve this.
To make a scene vivid, to make it truly come to life, there needs to be sensory information. Senses transform words into three-dimensional worlds. The basic human senses are: seeing, hearing, touch, smell and taste.
Alternative strong verbs indicating to go walking.
Writing dialogue laughs and descriptive emotional expressions ranging from smiles to laughing
Style: the way a writer uses language aspects such as tone, prose, vocabulary, grammar, rhythm and syntax. Style is the way in which messages are worded. Each person thinks in his own personal way and speaks in his own personal way. Therefore, every writer will develop his own style of writing.
we won’t really know him, unless you let us inside.
You show the inner world of your character by telling the reader his thoughts, emotions, attitudes, fears, longings, neuroses, drives and compulsions. There are two kinds of thought your character has: (1) thoughts about events that have occurred and (2) peripheral thoughts.
Writers will sometimes ask: “Is it ever OK to write in the passive tense?” Tense defines action within time, when the verb happens.
Description enables the reader to experience the “fictional dream”, being pulled into a story so deeply that it becomes more real than the chair the reader sits on. Description is the language used to bring attributes of a thing or person to the reader’s mind.
The sentence is the foundation of any written work. There is one thing all reader want: clear, concise, comprehensible sentences that mean something to them.