The first line of a poem or story is important. It is the hook, essentially. The first line greets the reader, something like a warm invitation. It sparks questions from the reader’s mind, amusement, and wonder of what will continue. The first line, much like the title, is a hint and opportunity to keep your audience wanting more. It is your one chance to keep … Continue reading 50+ First Lines To Begin Your Story
What is your favorite animal? Does your preferred species fly, swim, hop, or walk? For me, I love different types of bears, such as polar bears, panda bears, and koala bears. I even love sloths, too. Animals can teach us about evolution, as well as the habits and routines of wildlife and nature. By tagging and tracking animals, humans are able to better understand how … Continue reading What Animals Can Teach Us About Writing
Adjectives are words with attitude and personality. Adjectives offer insight into the scene that is expressed. Through the right selection of adjectives, something once fictional can seem very real, very logical, very true. A range of emotions can be produced through adjectives. As a writer or even a student, you may have been instructed into believing that the more adjectives inserted into writing, the better. … Continue reading The Best Adjectives To Use In Writing
Verbs help a story progress and enables the character to move from one scene to the next. Verbs enter all storylines, many of them developing into overused language. With a few verb updates and swaps, your writing can improve and supercharge with a shimmering energy. English and writing websites have posted the lists of the most overused verbs. I scrolled and clicked numerous lists to … Continue reading The Best Verbs To Use In Writing
Before I write the first word of my novel, I have to know the names, both first and last, of each character. At least of the immediate characters who will play the most prominent roles. It is almost as if my character is not fully developed and “born” without a name. Ask yourself, are you the type of writer to name your characters first or … Continue reading What Should I Name My Character?
Brown, blue, and green are colors commonly used to describe the shade of one’s eye. But in truth, eyes are more than just one of those solid shades. They are speckled or composed of a combination of color. The same goes for hair. In books, many times hair is strictly labeled as black, brown, blonde, and even red. However, hair is composed of more than … Continue reading Innovative Ways To Describe Eye and Hair Color
You have read them before. I, too, have as well. Some of them truly are inspiring, while others are a bit lackluster. There are plenty of books and webpages with extensive lists of creative writing prompts to take advantage of during your next journal session. Get your pencils sharpened and keyboards dusted because here is another prompt list. This time, however, is a list of … Continue reading Photography Prompts And Single Word Starters
Christmas lights make the month of December glow in nostalgic ways. It is the most luminous and beautiful 31 days of the year. Lights are a common scene to see as you drive down the street or walk through your neighborhood. As popular as holiday cheer and lights are this time of year, the ways in which writers describe such imagery might be more similar … Continue reading Creative Ways To Describe Christmas And Its Lights
Students and writers alike have heard it before. Cue the hand movements and 100pt bold font quotation marks, because – “Said is dead” Teachers and mentors have taught that “said” is overused and to avoid the speech tag at all costs. Later, a piece of paper is slipped in our direction that reveals an in-depth list of other speech tags to replace the dreaded and … Continue reading Is “Said” Truly Dead?
I have written about word choice before and the importance of its preciseness. Now again, I will be sharing the types of synonyms that are better and much more exciting. Because let’s face it, some words we are all tired of speaking, reading, and writing. Right now, there are many words that fall upon that category for me. Using a website found here, I selected … Continue reading Synonym Switch