MonthDecember 2011

Holiday Blogging Break!

I’ll be taking a blogging break for the holidays, but I’ll be back on January 2nd to start the New Year off right with a new Song of the Week! Merry Christmas to you and yours and here’s to a prosperous New Year! *raises glass* Happy Reading & Writing! Melinda Related posts: This is What I Feel Like Today…. Are You a Pen Addict? Video Fun Friday #1 Video Fun Friday #2

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Writerly Wednesday: On 50th Anniversaries and Writing Novels….

My Grandparents on their Wedding Day I recently undertook a large project, and if you follow me on Twitter or Facebook you may have heard me mention it a few times over the past month or so. My grandparents celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary this past Saturday, and in celebration of this amazing fete, I gathered over 500 photos taken throughout the 50 years that they have been happily married (plus some from their childhoods) and created a DVD video. […]

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A Tiresome, Writerly Holiday….

Happy Friday, everyone!!  The closer we get to the holidays, the even more busy, stressed, and all-around crazy our surroundings become.  Case in point:  I have been in an all-day meeting today for my day job, and I am writing this from a very comfy hotel room before I head out for our annual Holiday work party.  I have also been working tirelessly – everyday for the last three weeks – on a 40-minute anniversary video for my grandparents 50th […]

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Writerly Wednesday: More Dialogue – On Tags, Sensory, Details & Gestures

Photo Credit Last week I addressed how knowing your characters can have quite an impact on the dialogue you write. This week I’d like to address some more on dialogue, but this time, I’d like to focus on what I lovingly refer to as the ‘fluff’ that cushions the dialogue: tags, sensory, details and gestures. Dialogue Tags Tags are what guide the reader through a scene. Even though a character may have a unique cadence or rhythm in your story, […]

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This Week in Favs….

Playing on the Zune: Chicken Fried by Zac Brown Band. This is sort of my anthem… my roots are about as southern as they come though I don’t listen to country music all that often.  :0) 10)  “Gentle Reminders Beat a Slap to the Head: Why Refreshing What You Know is a Good Thing” by Janice Hardy.  This particular piece highlights exactly why we surf writing blogs: to learn more about the writing craft.  Even though we may know how […]

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Writerly Wednesday: Dialogue – Knowing Your Characters

Photo Credit One of the best ways I’ve learned for how to get to know my characters is by sticking them in a room with another character then sitting back with a little popcorn and listening to their unique voice.  But I’m not just listening for that.  I’m also listening for how they choose their words, what they choose to reveal and also what they feel their purpose is within their world.  Though the conversations you witness and the character’s history you learn […]

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This Week in Favs….

I hope everyone had a wonderful and safe Thanksgiving!! Playing on the Zune: Winter Wonderland/White Christmas by MercyMe.  Yeah, I’m trying to get into the holiday spirit…MercyMe’s holiday album, ‘The Christmas Sessions’ always seems to do it for me. :0) 15) “Something to Think About” by Suzanne Johnson on Roni Loren’s blog, Fiction Groupie.  This was such a good article for those of us who are so busy running from one task to the next – be it the day […]

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