The use of imagery is very important in writing. Incorporating the five senses of seeing, hearing, tasting, smelling and touching help to make your story come alive in the reader’s mind. You can draw them out of their world into your story with imagery. Take a look at the paragraph below.
“When we got to the river, Pete and I were in for a big surprise. The calm water we had waded through earlier was now a raging torrent, murky with mud and sediments rushing from upstream. A feeling of helplessness gripped me as I gazed over the water to the bank on the other side. There was no way we could to get across.” (from Broken Trust)
From the use of imagery you are able to visualize this couple standing on the bank of a river unable to cross.
By using imagery you can make your readers more engaged in the story.
You may be at home unable to go to work, but do not despair. For those writers who usually work full time, take this opportunity to let those creative juices flow. That novel you couldn’t find the time to finish, do it now. Find the silver lining in the midst of this battle. Keep your mind occupied. It will ease some of the stress. Keep safe. Good luck and happy writing.
It doesn’t matter how bad your first draft is, or how many errors you make. No one will see it but you. When you have that burst of inspiration and the words flow faster than you can type or write them, don’t stop to correct a spelling or a punctuation, just write. Don’t try to make every sentence or ever paragraph perfect. As John Dufresne says, “The purpose of the firstdraft isnot to get it right, but to get it written.“
When writing dialogue, keep it short and meaningful. Do not write long drawn out sentences that are unnecessary. Your dialogue should be consistent with your character’s voice. It should be clear to the reader who the person is speaking to. The words should flow naturally. When in doubt that your dialogue sounds natural, read it out load. Good luck and happy writing.
As a writer vocabulary is important. You need to have a grasp on words, their meanings and how to use them to convey the message you want. Today words on vocabulary corner sound the same but have different meanings. They are COMPLIMENTand COMPLEMENT.
A Compliment is an expression of praise or admiration. For example: Susan your hair looks beautiful today.
Complement on the other hand means a thing that completes another. It enhances it or improves it. For example: The red jacket complements her dress.
I wrote the poem a while back. I came across it just now and thought I would share with you.
The cool crisp air was as salty as her tears
The waves came in, washing away the sand
from under her feet, and taking with it her dreams.
Deep shadows formed as the sun whispered goodbye.
The tears dried up slowly, yet her eyes would not smile
Deep pools of darkness equates the sadness in her eyes
It is over the night wind whispered
It is over the sea gulls cried
It is over the waves echoed
It is time to say goodbye.
As a writer it is important to value your craft and take pride in your work. Along with proper grammar and punctuation, correct formatting is also important to make your book readable. I once had a fellow writer who was promoting her book on Face Book. I went on Amazon to check it out and realized it had no proper formatting. Sentences ran into each other with no separation or paragraphs. It was unreadable. I reached out to the person via private message relaying what I had discovered and was shocked when the individual acknowledged that she was aware of it. I found it mind-boggling that someone would promote a book knowing it was next to impossible to read. Weeks later when I checked back it remained the same.
There is no point in publishing a book if no one can read it. Do not make that mistake. Good luck and happy writing.