When a writer strives to pacify the savage, creative beast within, their journey results in unexpected achievements.
The Bookshelf Muse blog, starring Angela Ackerman and Becca Puglisi, is a writers’ paradise. They give the ultimate tool: how to ‘show’ not ‘tell’.
Example. Consider a sunrise. Light on the horizon. Sun pops up, right? What about the sensory description, the smells as the sun warms the ground. The sounds, birds coming to life and traffic increasing, tires on pavement, engines rumbling.
Emotions. Irritation. Tight jawline, an increase in the respiration. Silent, withdrawing from the conversation.
Physical attributes. Eyes. (This is the one I have trouble with, how to express emotion through the eyes.) Widen, crinkle, narrow, brighten. Roll, shift, blink, take in.
Fighting the urge to ‘tell’ the reader what you want them to know is so darn hard. Like resisting a premium chocolate bar. Ah, bad example since I never, ever resist chocolate.
But I digress. The Bookshelf Muse is one of the sites essential to a writer. Their reference book, The Emotion Thesaurus, has sold 20 K copies and never leaves my workstation. They are celebrating their two millionth hit with a giveaway.
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