Life as a writer: Noticing the details

Life as a writer isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. (If you’ve seen the memes you know this.) There’s the agony of having stories inside of you and the inability to get them out of you fast enough. There’s the questioning of a blank page as it stares up at you, daring you to actually fill it with your own thoughts and words. There’s the procrastination as you do everything else on the planet other than sit down and write. These are all familiar and well documented. However, I want to notes another effect of living this writer lifestyle: Taking in the details.

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Set the scene: Election day edition

Copy of Work in progress (1)We all learned this in elementary school, you have five senses: sight, smell, taste, feel and hear. In your writing, as you are building a scene and trying to get that reader into the moment, you want to appeal to all five of these senses whenever possible and in vivid detail. For example, don’t just tell me that the strawberry tasted sweet, tell me that biting into the strawberry was like an explosion of flavor, causing you to salivate and want more!

As it’s election day here in Pennsylvania, I’m going to provide an example based on my experiences at the polls! (PSA: Get out and vote!) Bonus: This gives me an excuse to repurpose the annual election day selfie I’m always good for.

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On Writing: Where to begin

Copy of Work in progress (1)I was recently chatting with someone new, discussing what we do and what not and she said that she hopes to be able to tell her own story someday, where should she start? That’s a great question, but I didn’t realize at first that it was. You see, as someone who has always been a writer, I’ve got my Winnie the Pooh diary from back in the day to prove it, it never occurred to me how to get started because I’ve just done it. So this is the advice that I gave her, “You just do it.” 🤷‍♀️

Now that I have had some time to contemplate the question, my answer is no different, in order to begin writing you have to simply sit down and write. But, I can do better to explain it!Read More »