How do you enhance your writing? What is enhancing our writing? Why do we do it?
Here are some answers.
In the forests of words that we writers grow, blazed trails mark the way to our destination. Without those trails, without paths leading down to sun-sparkled streams, without the yellow brushstroke painted on tree after tree, we might lose our direction and our sanity.
Reading through that opening paragraph, most writers will recognize the extended hiking metaphor. Many will spot inversion and alliteration. A few will appreciate the anaphora and auxesis and zeugma, even when not familiar with those terms.
This is Sentence Craft. Controlled use creates appreciative readers. Over-blown use drives readers away.
Yet you can enhance your writing with simple techniques.
Sentence Craft—from easy imagery to involved structures—is essential for the poet.
Bloggers and other nonfiction writers will find it a marketing tool, distinguishing them from their competition.
Speech writers and great broadcast journalists use these devices to make their spoken words become memorable.
With fiction, writers paint expositions and settings and character tags, capturing readers who may not even recognize the sweeping stroke of the magical wand.
Discovering Sentence Craft is for writers new and old. For newbies, word-tricks can be fascinating ventures into an unknown forest. These tricks can renew a veteran writer’s love of words and sentences flowing onto the page.
In small offerings, of course. Too many tricks glaze our readers’ eyes.
Discovering Sentence Craft covers figurative and interpretive concepts as well as the structural elements that build meaning, emphasis, and memory.
Ways to Enhance Your Writing include ~
Writer M.A. Lee believes writing is a skill-based craft which can be learned and practiced. Artists learn composition, perspective, depth, proportion, and shading. A baseball player learns in-field and out-field, pitching vs. throwing, batting and bunting. An electrician learns reading blueprints, voltage and current, circuits, outlets, and panels.
A writer needs much more than grammar and spelling. Reading widely, Discovering Sentence Craft concepts and structures, and practicing them will open doors for anyone who wants to improve.
is to create characters that readers will
that will make them have to read on.
is like investigating a house we want to buy.
No, I’m serious.
Characters have an exterior façade that we comment upon as we drive past.
Through the windows we catch glimpses of interior lives.
Even in cookie-cutter boxy cliques, characters have individual characteristics, just as the suburbia ranch houses have their garden plantings and the urban row houses have their painted doorways. These small touches create individual homes in neighborhoods.
Some characters enjoy the bright city lights. Some are loners,
nestled against a national forest.
Characters, houses—each have individual personalities. Some are blingie,
with the latest décor while others enjoy the comfort of yoga pants and old
As writers, we capture these individual characters and save
them from the cookie-cutter boxy stereotypes. We delve into interior rooms for
glimpses of formative baggage. Finding their backstory is a search through
attics and cellars, storage closets and garages. Characters hide their pain and
fears, painting them over and adding distracting artwork.
Our job as writers is to find every detail of our characters
then use snippets so our readers will see
our characters as they drive through our books. We hint at the foundations
while opening doors to their plans and purposes.
is designed to help writers find the exteriors and interiors, public and
private. We’ll dig around the foundations and climb to the roof. We’ll explore
the open rooms and the storage closets. We’ll peek into rooms inhabited by such
characters as diverse as Elizabeth and Darcy, the Iron Man, Aragorn and Frodo,
Travis McGee, Medea, Macbeth, and Nanny McPhee.
Five areas comprise this guidebook. Just as characters—and
houses—are individual, this info is individual. You won’t need every bit. Dip
in and out, skim around. When you reach locked rooms, come back and explore to
discover the keys to your characters.
Starting Points ~ offering templates and
Classifications ~ common and uncommon ways of
Relationships ~ couples, teams, allies, enemies,
Special Touches ~ progressions, transgressions,
and transitions for character arcs
Significant Lists ~ archetypal characters and
Discovering Characters, with 44,000-plus words, is the second book in the Discovering set, part of the Think like a Pro Writer series for writers new to the game as well as those wanting to up their game.
“Love the Lord with all your heart and with
all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind.” from
We are not simple human beings. We are heart and
soul, mind and body. We are circles of love and caring, spiritual endeavors,
curious intellectuals, and physical movement.
The 2 * 0 * 4 planner is designed to transform your life by melding the four circles of our life.
Your heart will celebrate deepening relationships.
Your soul will be inspired to come closer to God.
Your mind will be sharper and clearer.
Your body will strive toward its own ideal weight.
How can a simple planner do all this? The key is double-pronged: following the two-page weekly spread and committing to the core of the 2*0*4 Lifestyle.
Scientific studies tell us that 21 days is necessary to break a habit, and 66 days are necessary to form a habit. Habits demand commitment. Commitments can be maintained through daily focus ~ the weekly planner.
2*0*4 will equip you with weekly reminders for diet, water intake, and movement. Here are sample pages.
At six-week and seasonal intervals are opportunities to commit to goals to strengthen your relationships, pursue quiet contemplation or peaceful prayers, build your mind, and develop your body.
Any transformation requires a time commitment, and challenges confront our devotion to change. Schedule your changes, plan for special events, take lists when shopping, and climb over the struggles that interfere with your devotion to transform. If you fall off track with any element, just climb back on with a re-commitment to change.
At the end of a committed year of the 2 * 0 * 4
Lifestyle, we guarantee that your life will have transformed for the better.
Open the planner and find ~
* The Raison d’Etre: explaining the purpose of the
lifestyle and providing assistance with necessary diet changes–feast and fast,
eating real food and avoiding bad fats and sugars.
* The Yearly Pre-Set, a goal-setting exercise for
Heart, Soul, Mind, and Body. Accomplishments to Achieve creates lists in each
area for you to consider throughout the year.
* Seasonal Pre-Set then Re-Sets, reviewing
previous victories and challenges, specific goal setting, anticipated
challenges, and obligations to come.
* The weekly spread, undated, with a panel for
reflecting over the week, daily gratitude and meditation, upcoming goals, an
inspirational quotation, and a place to note your weekly weigh-in.
* At the six-week mark is a new retrospection and
prospectus, considering challenges and new ideas about your goals. After the
first two six-week marks, you will encounter progress meters for these goals.
* Calendars of important dates from 2019 to 2023.
* Notes and Looking Ahead pages, Gifts and Wish
List, and My Lists: films, restaurants,
books, tech, places, hikes, music, and vacation spots.
What other planner combines heart and soul, mind and body? Make the decision to live a whole life with 2*0*4.