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One of the topics I intend to start adding into my posts are little writing tips and tricks I've picked up over the years. I am by no means an expert and I still make mistakes, but if I can help even one author by pointing out something I've learned, then I'll consider this worthwhile.

One such topic is "Show Don't Tell." It is a phrase parroted at authors over and over again by editors and readers and betas. We hear it all the time and sure we think we know what it means, but when it comes to practical applications, we still don't really know. And it's frustrating because we know how important it is.

This particular topic is going to take multiple posts, I'm sure. Today I want to start with a resource that I've recently discovered that I now believe is very, very invaluable.

This resource is a book, available in hard-copy or for your kindle, and it's called The Emotion Thesaurus: A Writer's Guide to Character Expression. It is written by Angela Ackerman and Becca Puglisi. It is basically a thesaurus of reactions one could use to describe certain emotions while writing them.

Have you ever wanted to describe a character as happy? You know, basically, that smiling can convey this. Or lit up eyes. But don't you get tired of using the same descriptions? Don't you want to vary it? Give the description more depth? This book takes most of the more common emotions and offers ways to help you describe the emotion you wish to present. It offers cues depending on the point of view (First, second, third, etc) from body language to mental responses and the effects of short-term and long-term emotions. There's also a fairly helpful introduction that helps break down what exactly Show Don't Tell means with a few helpful examples.

Each emotion is also accompanied by a writer's tip that can help you deepen your characterization, making your characters more rounded, more people rather than characters.

I am very glad that I chose to invest in this book. I may even check out their other books as well and give you my impressions of those as well. In an effort to further my craft, these kinds of resources are definitely worth the expense and it helps that this one is affordable.

If anyone has any other recommendations for resources helpful to better illustrate a character's emotions, feel free to share!

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Nothing to post today. I'm still buried deep in edits. Oh, commas, how you hate me so!

So I thought, hey, been a while since I had a discussion. I couldn't think of anything serious so I decided: favorite genre? What's your favorite kind of book to pick up? A Harlequin romance? An old noir detective? Murder mysteries? Young adult? Contemporary? High fantasy? Swashbuckling pirates? High flying Space adventure? What are some of your favorite novels in said genre? Or do you just like to read a little bit of everything, like me? Though, to be fair, I don't read much in the way of romance.

Of all time, though, my favorite would have to be fantasy. My dad introduced it to me at a young age, Mom built upon that interest, RPG video games reinforced it, and writing fanfiction solidified the deal. I like to dive into other genres just to keep the muses from going stale, but 90% of my library is fantasy in some shape or form. I loved reading Dragonlance (Raistlin FTW) and Forgotten Realms. I laughed at the Land of Xanth series. I loved Terry Brooks and numerous others. But, ironically, my absolute favorite book is not fantasy. Go figure.

It's actually Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card. I read this like once a month and it never ceases to entertain. The psychology of it always drags me in and every time I read it, I discover something new. It's the book that goes with me no matter where I move to, and my current copy of it is in such poor quality that I really ought to buy a new one. I think I'm missing a few pages now...

What about you? 
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Greetings!

I'm going to slip this in right before midnight. I've been jam-packed all day, believe it or not. But work is getting done, so I'm glad.

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... do you like it? Do you want it in your fics? Is it a pleasant bonus or a hit to the back button? Do you seek it out or avoid it as much as possible. And if you feel comfortable sharing, what are those kinks in fiction that make your cheeks burn as you giggle with glee? 

Personally, I'm a big fan of kink. The grittier and more realistic the better. I like it fun, I like it serious. I like it casual, I like it devoted. And I'm bit by bit trying all of the various kinks in my writing. All the ones I've heard of and even some discoveries.

What sort of things push my button? *laughs* It's more about what doesn't. But I'll try to keep this simple.
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Happy Holidays everyone! No matter what religion you do (or don't!) celebrate, this time of year has a little bit of something for everyone. Whether it's just the jam-packed consumerism of Xmas or the Jesus-filled worship of Christmas or the bright candles of Hanukkah or all the other seasonal holidays I don't know anything about, there's a little something for everyone. 
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A fly-by posting since I'm squeezing this in work and a two-hour drive out-of-state to visit family. I'm sure we've all got something to do for the holidays, no matter what we believe, so I'll make this week.

This is an EASY question.

Who's your favorite superhero? Don't be shy!

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What do I mean? 

What are those things, those nit-picks, those instant turn offs that make you say "hell no" to a story before you even read it? Fanfiction and Original fiction alike, my dears.
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Discussion

Dec. 22nd, 2010 11:41 pm
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For today, we have an easy question: boxers, briefs, boxer briefs, commando, or, dare I say it, a thong? Which do you like to see your men wear, whether in real life, fanfiction, or original fiction.

For me, I'm all about the boxer-briefs. Boxers are too lose, briefs make me think of children, so boxer briefs are juuuuuust right. Love the way they hug the package and a nice pair of toned thighs. Love the way they reveal that dip of the hipbone. *whistles* 

So what about you? 
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So in my weeklong effort to get to know my readers better, today I ask the question: what kind of music do you like? This also clues into my ongoing effort to expand my musical interests.

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Okay, so I randomly decided to do this earlier today. And well, everyone on my f-list benefits so I don't see how it's a bad idea.

Basically, I'm suffering through terrible, horrible, no good, very bad writer's block. So in an attempt to jumpstart my muses, I'm taking a week off from writing, editing, plotting, etc. Everything. Hoping that  absence makes the heart grow fonder. So to speak.

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Dec. 10th, 2010 06:14 pm
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Three little words.

I love you.

Just three words. Three syllables. But they convey so much. Or are used to convey so much. Or are used far too often to hold any meaning anymore. It all depends on your perspective.

Discuss for a chance to win! )
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Pondering what to post today, I thought hey, how about a discussion? And then I pondered topics, and voila! Here ya go!

There's one thing I've been noting, something that's a personal preference of mine. I am actually not a big fan of romance stories. Why? Because they tend to be unrealistic and complete fantasies. Now, I know that's why many people do read them. They want the happy ending, the fantasy, the sickly-sweet words, and the sensation that everything works out okay in the end. That's just not my cup of tea. I'm perfectly content with a non-happy ending, so long as it's the logical ending and not merely drama/angst for the sake of drama. There has to be a reason for the non-happy ending, something must have happened during the length of the story to justify a non-happy ending.

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What do I mean by that? 

How do you, as readers and writers, perceive female characters in our slashy stories? 

This question occurred to me as a result of my recent The Requiem of Janus publication. There were some points advised to my by editor that had a few plotty bits excised and it got me to thinking... how do readers really feel about women being involved in their plotty fiction? 

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