I’ve been hoarding pictures again and thought I should share a few. May they be a muse to your writing fancies.
(I took a whole series of photos for Prompt Me Again. This one was much better in color, so I saved it for the blog. My friend Jenn was such a good sport and repeatedly did the “dead man’s float” for me over and over again. Don’t worry, it’s stage blood (peppermint flavored). :)
I scanned the crowd around the pool as dread flowed over me…
It is my pleasure to announce the newest edition of the PROMPT ME SERIES. Woo hoo!
Prompt Me Again is full of new prompts and ideas to get (and keep) you writing.
I had a ton of fun taking all the new pictures. I went so far as getting into a pool fully clothed (with my friend, Jenn) and capturing some eery images. I also found myself wading through waist-high grass (in flip-flops) while getting eaten by mosquitos to nab the perfect sunset pic. And…it was all worth it.
As an aside, both of my editors faves are the “Fairy Tale Mash Up” and the “Facial Expression” reference chart. Regardless, there is something for everyone in the book.
Here is a glimpse of what you get in this new installment.
Clean enough for teens and sophisticated enough for adults.
I am so pleased to announce the release of the third installment of the Prompt Me Series! Prompt Me Sci-Fi & Fantasy is now available on Amazon or any other online retailer. Creating this book has been a blast, the pictures alone were an adventure. My daughter and I had fun amongst the redwoods for the fantasy based pic below. Others had me flat on my belly trying to capture the strange beauty of giant sand dunes. But pictures aren’t the only type of prompt in this workbook. Trust me when I say, there’s something for every type of writer. Enjoy!
This gives you a glimpse at the variety of pages in this book.
If you would like to put this on your “To Be Read” list on Goodreads, here is the link:
Before you say that “said is all you need.” I do agree that you should use said, asked, and replied more than any other words, BUT some variety will add depth and context to your writing.
Balance is the Key
Varying your vocabulary is as important as varying your sentence length. It keeps readers interested and staves away boredom. Now, do you need to use a synonym every time? No, but it is beneficial to avoid using the same words in the same paragraphs.
Why not find the perfect word? Isn’t that the beauty of writing? Finding the precise word to express your idea is part of the process.
I realize that different genres call for different treatment of words such as “said.” My point is to know your genre. If you are writing for younger readers they may need more context clues. Sometimes it is helpful to know if a character is simply asking or if they are interrogating. It completely changes the tone of the scene. Or, if the bad guy is around the corner, to remind your reader that they are whispering.