How to Write Yummy Scenes

I don’t like change.

Gonna be up front about this, I don’t like change and I like things simple and familiar.

Yep, I’m a creature of habit.

Take the grocery store. Why do they have to rearrange the aisles every six months? Just about the time I’ve got shopping down to a science, and can race through the aisles like an Indy 500 driver, the manager decides to move around every damn thing. Why? For the love of God, why?

coffeeAnd adding insult to injury, the store puts in new displays that now makes finding my favorite brand of coffee a new version of finding Waldo. Seamless rows blending Starbucks, Folgers and various boxes in a rainbow of colors that even my reading glasses can’t decipher.

A great article by Michelle Russell over at Write to Done got me to thinking.
If I want readers to come back for more, maybe my writing should be like a box of chocolates, delicious, delectable, yummy and easy to get to.

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Maybe they don’t want scenes that are complicated or hard to follow, that cause them to sit back and scratch their head in confusion.

Just maybe, like me, they prefer reading scenes that are addictive, pleasant, compelling, enjoyable and easy to read.

I don’t know about you but I’m gonna try to write more lip smacking good scenes for my reader to enjoy.

What do you think?

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Choosing a P.O.V.—What is BEST for YOUR Story? Structure Part 9

If you’ve ever been confused about POV in your writing, today’s Kristen Lamb Structure Part 9 post will help set your mind at ease. Take it away Kristen.

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P.O.V. is a word that throws many new authors into panic. What is THAT? Prisoners of Vietnam? Pets of Vegans? Pals of Viagra? P.O.V. stands for Point of View. Traditionally, I’ve not included this lesson in my teachings on structure, but I am amending that since P.O.V. will affect structure.

The structure of a novel written in first person is very different than a novel using multiple third-person P.O.V. characters. Scenes will need a different kind of balancing, so choosing a P.O.V. should not be taken lightly. Yes, often choice of P.O.V. will come from author voice, but not always. Sometimes genre might influence our decisions as well.

Thus, today, we are going to whiz through Kristen’s P.O.V. Spark Notes.

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Today I added two FREE reads to my Kindle

Don’t you just love a bargain? Especially when it’s free.

Did I say two? Well make that 3 Free e-books! (read below…)

Can’t ask for better than FREE.

I love Janet Evanovich so her endorsement was enough for me to give Fifteen Minutes to Live a read through Kindle Unlimited for FREE. Of course, $. 99 is super cheap.

Phoef Sutton has a wonderful and unique voice. This is a romantic tale, full of suspense and human emotion. It’s also funny in its own special way.  Once I started it, I couldn’t stop,” Janet Evanovich, #1 New York Times bestselling author.

Fifteen Minutes to Live by Phoef Sutton

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The second book that caught my eye was – 

Sara’s Game. Why? Because I love a good thriller. What is more frightening than missing children?

The last day before summer break, her three children have gone missing from their schools, all at the same time. And the note under her windshield wiper asks one foreboding question: Are you ready to play the game?

Sara’s Game (The Sara Winthrop Thriller Series Book 1) by Ernie Lindsey

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So, looks like I’m set for the weekend and then some. What are y’all reading? I’ll let you know which book I read first and pop off a review one Friday soon.
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How to use a Figure of Speech in your writing

 T = Tropes

  • A figure of speech
  • A word, phrase, expression, or image that is used in a figurative way, usually for rhetorical effect.

As writers we use tropes all the time.

We all learned about the most common types of tropes in grade school, metaphor and simile.

Metaphor:

To describe somebody or something of a word or phrase that is not meant literally but by means of a vivid comparison expresses something about him, her, or it, e.g. saying that somebody is a snake.

Simile:

A figure of speech that draws a comparison between two different things, especially a phrase containing the word “like” or “as,” e.g. “as white as a sheet”.

But here are other tropes also used in writing.

Synecdoche:

A figure of speech in which the word for part of something is used to mean the whole. Ex. Writing is my bread and butter

Syllepsis:

A figure of speech in which a word is applied to two others in different senses (e.g.,caught the train and a bad cold ) or to two others of which it grammatically suits only one (e.g., neither they nor it is working ). Ex. He lost his coat and his temper.

Anthimeria:

One part of speech is exchanged for another. Ex. I’m mapping our progress.

Periphrasis:

Wordiness, the use of overly long or indirect language in order to say something. Ex. It is not that James is welcome or otherwise, or that he is sometimes here or not. I do wonder, though, if he might be thinking what it’s all about. (= I don’t like James)

Personification:

Personification is a figure of speech in which a thing, an idea or an animal is given human attributes. Ex. Look at my car. She’s a beauty.

Litotes:

Use of understatement to intensify an idea. It usually involves denying the contrary. Ex. The ice cream was not too bad.

Oxymoron:

Juxtaposition of two contradictory words. Ex. To win is to lose.

 The Flash Saga of Rachel Continues:

Rachel was of a mind that the only way to get anywhere was one step at a time. Today she was very grateful for her Nikes. Maybe the walk wouldn’t be too bad, or too long, but she wouldn’t bet on it. As far as she could see nothing but hot asphalt and dry dust greeted her.

On the up side, if a broken down pickup truck with a crazed psycho at the wheel stopped and offered her a lift, she had her Sidearm to persuade him the error of his ways. She smiled, the thought almost cheered her up a little. There were a few perks to being a Texas Ranger. Shooting scumbags ranked at the top. Rachel smiled as she looked down the highway scouring the horizon for pickups.

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