March 2012 Archive

A to Z Challenge

Guess who’s decided to join the A to Z blogging challenge?? Me! That’s who! Needless to say, I’m pretty darn excited. I’ve been lacking blogging inspiration lately and I feel like this will give me the kick in the pants I need.  See you all on Sunday!
And a quote to leave you with: “The most valuable of all talents is that of never using two words when one will do.” – Thomas Jefferson

Facial Expressions

It’s easy for us writers to use generic expressions for facial emotion. Eyebrows drawn together, pursed lips, wrinkled nose. But in the end, what do these expressions mean?

Or, my favorite way of reading an expression- “he gave her a funny look.” What the heck does a funny look, look like??

It’s so easy to write like this, but in an attempt to understand facial expressions a bit better, I turned to…Pinterest! (I have so gotten addicted in the past week :) Pinterest turned up this amazing chart that I thought I’d pass along to y’all.

(I pasted the picture in, but then read at the top of it that it wasn’t meant to be reposted, so…instead here’s the link.)

Go ahead. Clicky-click on the link and enjoy some amazing insights into human expressions :)

Why is this important? Clarity is a big part of it, another huge part is so we don’t fall into the trap of using cliches. Nobody likes cliches. The human face has a multitude of expressions and we innately know what an expression says when we see it in someone’s face. It’s not easy to bring that into writing, but doing so is a heck of a lot better than simply saying your character looks happy, or sad.

What do you think? How important is it to write expressions well?

A Day in the Life

My most amazing beta Sophia featured me on her blog this past Thursday. She has an incredibly creative series where we get to spend a day in the life of other writer’s. It’s pretty sweet. Go check it out!

Interview with Jessica Therrien

Please put your hands together for the fabulous Jessica Therrien, author of Oppression! I have a wonderful interview for you guys, today, and I hope you go check out her book after reading it :)

1. Please describe your book! 

I’m cheating…this is the blurb from the press release ;)

OPPRESSION, tells the story of a young woman who discovers that she belongs to a secret society of individuals with extraordinarily long life spans and unusual abilities. Fearful of prophecies about their only daughter, her parents kept her hidden from the world – and the society – for as long as they could. But when their own untimely deaths leave her to fend for herself, the truth of her origins and the fateful prophecy find her at last.

2. Do you remember the moment when you were first struck with the idea for Oppression?

The idea for Oppression didn’t really “strike” me. I didn’t have a dream or see something that made a light bulb go off. Oppression was the result of me searching for the next Twilight. I couldn’t find a book that sucked me in like Twilight did, so I decided I would come up with my own story, something that had all of the elements I was looking for in a YA paranormal romance.

That’s great. If you can’t find it on the shelves, why not just write it yourself? :)

3. What was your favorite scene to write in Oppression?

After getting my first set of editorial comments on my original manuscript I had to do some re-writes. I added a completely new villain named Ryder and a lot more action. Those re-writes were the last scenes I wrote in the book, and they are all my favorites.

Action scenes are always fun to write and they’re even more fun to read!

4. What is the most difficult part of the writing process, for you?

I do this thing when I write (I’ve only just realized this in writing book two of the series). I write out-of-order, and I write whatever scene I’m excited about in the moment. Then, eventually I have segments of each chapter, even though most of the chapters aren’t finished. After a while I hit a point where I feel like no more ideas are coming. That’s where I get stuck. With book two, I didn’t write for a month. I couldn’t figure out why I wasn’t writing. Finally I realized it was because I had written a piece of every chapter, all the ideas where there, they just needed to be connected and finished. So, for me the hardest part is realizing when I’m ready to complete the novel.

What an interesting way to write. I bet it’s interesting putting the puzzle together at the end!

5. If you are in need of inspiration, where do you turn?

Great books. Whenever I’m reading a great book, I feel the need to write a great book. It stirs up the creative juices in me. Thank you Veronica Roth for Divergent and Moira Young for Blood Red Road. They’ve been my go-to over the past few months.

I haven’t read Blood Red Road and am adding that to my ever-growing TBR list :)

6. If you could pass on one important thing you have learned about the writing/publication process to other writers, what would it be?

Don’t get attached to scenes or chapters in your manuscript just because they are good writing, or just because you love them. If it doesn’t move the story along, cut it. You’ll be happy you did.

Great advice!

7. Do you have any new projects in the works?

Book two in the Children of the Gods series. I’m very excited about it. It’s nice to love my second book just as much as the first.

8. Do you have any writing habits that you absolutely have to adhere to for you to be able to write?

My brain decides where, when, and what to write. I really have no control over when the ideas come, but when they do, I make sure to get them out. Whether it’s on a restaurant napkin or the back of an envelope, if the words start flowing, I start writing.

That’s what smart phones are handy for! They’re always there to add notes into if you run out of napkin space ;)

9. What is your favorite book and movie?

My favorite movie will always be Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. I’m pretty sure I have every word memorized. My favorite book changes as I read. Right now it’s a toss up between Divergent and Blood Red Road. Both are must-reads.

Great movie! That is definitely one of my favorites, too :)  Thanks for the great interview, Jessica!

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