Friday, July 27, 2012

kicking off the tips...

Post contributed by Brooke Hargett

Kicking off our new blog and writer's tips... I'm so excited about the new book I just bought, called The Emotion Thesaurus, A Writer's Guide to Character Expression, by Angela Ackerman & Becca Puglisi.  I am IN LOVE with this book!  These two amazing writers knew exactly what I needed!  

The idea of it is to help you expand the words you use in your description, adding depth and making you a better writer.  I'm pretty far into my book, and I have found that I end up using similar descriptions of emotions throughout, which I don't want to do!

The authors made this guide really easy to use.  Let's say that you are writing a scene where someone is really scared, so the root emotion the character might feel is FEAR.  So you just look up the word fear, and there's a whole list of physical signs, mental reactions, cues they could develop if the character feels the emotion for a long time, other emotions it could escalate to, and cues of what the character might do if the feeling is suppressed.  It's BRILLIANT!! 

I shared most of the introduction of the book at our meeting yesterday, because I really loved everything they said!  I won't spoil it for you, and I really believe this book is worth purchasing, so snag yourself a copy!!  The authors have a blog, which you should definitely check out.  It's called The Bookshelf Muse. 

The other tip I shared yesterday is this website I found listing the Top 10 Writer's Blogs of 2011.  The info found on these blogs is FANTASTIC!  I totally got lost looking through archives and soaking up tons of good information!  I shared one post in particular, called How To Ensure that 75% of Agents Will Request Your Material, by Marcus Sakey.  I mean, how can you not want to know about that?? 

Well those are all the little gems I have for you today!  Keep checking back to see what the other Riveting Writer's come up with!


Thursday, July 26, 2012

the launch!

Hello!  We are very excited to launch our new blog, dedicated to aspiring writers everywhere.  Riveting Writers is made of of four women, each deeply involved in writing debut novels.  We began meeting at the beginning of 2012 and get together twice a month.  We are continually growing and stretching our group to ensure progress is being made... which brings us to this blog!  We are adding a new segment to our meetings where someone will share something they have learned recently with the group, and blog about it here.  We want to have a place to organize our progress and what we learn along the way.   So each of us will author blog posts when it's our turn to share, and any other time we come up with fabulous advice or want to pose questions or thoughts we are working through.  Feel free to browse our findings, or leave us comments with your take on things!  Happy Writing!