Mondays I'll focus on exercises from this book, Writing Without the Muse. Nice things were said in the comments last week about the writing I posted from the exercise, so, like the
compliments whore writer badly in need of critiques that I am, I'm continuing the romance/suspense/horror/paranormal story that I've named 'The Threshold' with a different exercise. And, as a special treat... I've included photographs that enhance the story, provided by my husband ('myHero'). We all like illustrations don't we? I have plans for this story, and let me just say... it's not going to be a sweet romance.
YOU dear Readers and Writers, Please feel free to post teasers and links to your own writing in the comments if you want to join with me in these exercises. It'll be the blog 'unhop', because I want this to be loose and easy and beneficial for all of us writers.
On to more news for the week...
Do you get lots of headaches?
Are your walls white?
Where is your lighting source?
Erika Ward and I will answer your #Designwrite questions on Twitter on Thursday 10 - 11 a.m.!
Post your questions or dilemmas in the comments section here on the blog anytime, just use the #Designwrite label. Or post on Twitter to @PamelaVMason... again, with #designwrite, so I catch it. Lots of you are already buying paint, so I'll address color and lighting and its effect on your mood and creativity on Wednesday's post. Just please... for walls, latex with satin finish, NOT flat!You'll thank me...
Speaking of ahem... Moods, Lighting, and Creativity... in a whoooole different kind of way--
picture me wiggling my eyebrows up & down here!
Friday will be a Special Treat!
Get ready for an interview with Carol Burnside, aka Annie Rayburn,
author of Insight, Phantoms and Fantasies, and her newest in the world of the Crainesians,
I'll be giving away a download copy of Bittersweet for one lucky reader's Ereader, and you'll want to make sure it's charged! 'Cuz honey, you're gonna want to have one tall cold glass of iced tea and a 'Do Not Disturb' sign when you start reading this Hot Erotic Romance from ERedSagePublishing
that really is bitter and sweet. I'm feeling sad for Paul and Klaus... and I'd like to hit Deacon over the head with... oh, never mind! And I admire Sally... and Teriza I alternately feel sorry for and then I'm happy for her, and then I'm insanely jealous, and then I'm sad again... It's a roller coaster ride of emotions and sexual tension and triangles and entanglements... Annie Rayburn writes erotic romance for thinking, intelligent, smart women--
-- not like anything you've read before!
Now for Monday's Muse News:
Writing Without the Muse by Beth Baruch Joselow, Exercise 5: A Place Altered By Moods
Describe a place that you know well--a childhood bedroom, for example,or the kitchen you now use. Limit your description to about three paragraphs.
Now, describe the same place again, this time choosing a tone from the list below. Communicate this mood through your description. Repeat the exercise for as many qualities from the list as you like. (You may, if you wish, substitute a person you know well for a place you know well.) Moods: Anger Love Boredom Anxiety Fear Impatience Shyness Condescension Nostalgia Happiness Desire Weariness Deceit Awe pp.12-13
|jeffmasonphotos The Threshold|
The Threshold from 6/20/2011 excerpt:
"Like a dog's just run ten miles on a hot summer day?" India Showalter placed her finely wrought, ringless left hand on her equally finely wrought hip. Frank's own hand itched.
"Come on. There's lots to do before the sun goes down. Power's shut off, you know." She made a graceful pirouette and stepped into the empty kitchen, giving him a good view of her curves that made his brain dumb and other parts of his anatomy alert, to say the least.
And that's when and where and how Franklin G. Turnbull knew the truth of his life's purpose.
He had to have Miss India Showalter for his very own. ....
Come back Tuesday to see where I've picked up Franklin and India's story! And don't forget to add excerpts or links to your own!