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12 Best in class software to write your novel!

In Great Resources, On writing on June 30, 2013 at 4:05 am

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12 Best in class software to write your novel!

Is the only writing tool you are familiar with with Microsoft Word?  Is it too clunky for you?  Doesn’t seem like its designed with the novelist in mind?  Well never fear.  In my search to bring you the best resources possible in completing your masterpiece.  I present to you this article in hopes that you will find that writing tool that works for you.

Enjoy

Double Vision

In On writing on April 26, 2013 at 2:11 pm

Double Vision

I thought it was just me!

 

Does this happen to any of you!  Post and let me know!

Is it “epic” enough?

In On writing on October 27, 2012 at 6:51 am

It’s taken me seven years to write my first novel.  I’m still in the process of revision, working to make the characters deeper than they already are and attempt to remove any flatness they might have.

When I wrote scenes in my book I often asked myself this question.  “Is it epic enough?”   In other words was the action such that when I finished reading it, I had captured the sense of excitement and vision that I saw in my mind’s eye?   When my novel is translated into film, will there be enough of a description for the producer and director to translate my work to the silver screen?

“Is it epic enough?”

I once saw a motion picture that I was really excited to see.  When I left the movies I was disappointed.  Not because it wasn’t that great of a movie but it left me wanting because I realized.  It wasn’t “epic” enough.

Now that I’m essentially done with my story and I am deep into developing my characters even more, I find that I’m asking a new question as it relates to them.  “Are they emotional enough?”  In other words will you care about them?  Do they make you laugh?  Cry, want to wring their necks?  Because if they don’t.  Then I haven’t done my job yet.

I’m actually finding this is more of my weakness as a writer, at least as it relates to this story.  But I’m working on it: so that when you read my stories.  You will come away satisfied and moved in some fashion a character.

Is your story epic enough?  And are your characters emotional enough?

Think about it.

On denoting feeling

In On writing on October 11, 2012 at 12:38 pm

As I move more in depth to describe and impart a greater degree of characterization to my writing.  I am struggling with the show and don’t tell mantra.  How to denote anger without saying my character was angry?  How do I spice up the read?

I have remembered something from a training I used to do that I believe might help me and those that also have struggled.  In a simple word: Para verbal communication.  Well I suppose that’s two words, but hey it’s my blog.

Para verbal communication is spoken communication that consists of one’s voice tone, volume and rate or rhythm of one’s speech.  And these elements can be visually described for a reader.

Tone of voice: There are 4 ways to convey the meaning to this sentence, “I didn’t say you were stupid.”  How would you write it to capture each meaning?  The meaning changes depending on which words you emphasize.  Try it and see.  Just by italicizing one word can change its whole meaning.

Volume: Someone who speaks so softly as to whisper is a different character than one who speaks so loud over a phone; patrons in line at a grocery store can hear the conversation.

Rate and rhythm of speech: Does the character sound panicked?  Or does he or she speak in a dry monotone response when spoken too?  Remember McCoy from Star Trek and Spock?  Their dialogue was wonderful in part to the variances of how they communicated   McCoy was passionate and emotional in contrast to Spock who was cool and logical.  It’s easier to see the differences in characterization when they are offset against their opposites.

I don’t pretend to be an expert.  But I am ever learning to become a great story teller.  And using para verbal’s in writing dialogue and exposition of characters can go a long way to bring life into them.