Well, the last time I wrote a blog, it was the summer of 1966. I remember it well. Eusebio was the talk of the World Cup, and England had a football team. In fact, I think we won the World Cup that year, didn't we? Those were the days! I was thirteen - give or take a few inches. You had a choice of televisions - as long as you chose black and white, you could play footie in the street without getting run over by 4x4s, and you could eat sugar butties without being taken into care. Anyway, enough about my deprived childhood. The real reason I'm here, is to tell you about my new book - Dark Shadows (Josiah Dark #3). I think it's quite good, but the proof will be in the reading.
That's not the least of it though! Oh no! Not by a long stretch, not by a long walk off a short pier, not by my chinny-chin-chin. In the time it's taken me to complete this bloggy page, I've written another book. WHAT! I know! Call me a sucker for punishment, but there it is. Well no, it's not there - it's here: Wings of the Dawn (Parish & Richards #22). And here:
So, now I'm busy with my next book 'The Serial Killer's Apprentice' (Edge #1), and I have the urge to finish my Science Fiction book: 'Time's Arrow'. We'll see! One of the things I've noticed is that I think I can do more than I can. I think that's also is a throwback to my deprived childhood. My mother used to say that my eyes were bigger than my belly, and she was a wise woman for sure. Having said that, I don't think that particular saying applies anymore, because I have a bit of a belly, but my eyes have stayed the same size - go figure! Anyway, there was a time when I could put in a good 18 hours of work a day and then some, but now, with the passage of time, I find I need lots of sleep, and my head turn to mush if I try to work past eight o'clock at night. Getting old is about as much fun as an enlarged prostate. So, listen. I'll try not to leave it so long next time, but one thing I've noticed about this writing game is that it's addictive. Once I'm in the zone . . .
I bet you know that writing style is one of the most important characteristics of any literature work. Why read emotionless and gray opuses if there are hundreds and thousands of books that worth your time?
Today, I want to delve into the issue of expressiveness, and I hope you’ll be able to use my observations to the full advantage.
It is no secret that fiction style is quite different from business, journalistic, and any other. And these differences lie not only in the depth of vocabulary but also a large number of words that bring emotions. In this regard, fiction writing style resembles conversational speech, but what is permissible in the latter may not always apply to the literary work.
Besides words are referred to the concept, they also reflect the attitude of the speaker towards it.
Although an "emotional vocabulary" often suggests a certain assessment, it may be free of it (for example, interjections "Wow!" "Oh" etc.). On the other hand, words, where assessment is the lexical meaning, may not relate to the emotional vocabulary (for example, "good"). In the last case, the assessment is rather intellectual and logical than emotional.
The main feature of the emotional vocabulary is still the fact of imposing emotions on the lexical meaning of the word; that is expressing the attitude of the speaker to the phenomenon.
All words can be conditionally allocated into the next two big groups:
In fiction literature, the number of emotional words often exceeds the number of neutral words. Also, a neutral word can have several synonyms different in degree of emotional stress (for example, "misfortune – disaster").
Expressiveness is typical for many words and can take the form of positive or negative assessment. Moreover, it’s often superimposed on the emotional and evaluative meaning of the word. Of course, the emotional degree of a word depends on its meaning, especially when used as a metaphor.
But the main factor that determines the expressiveness is the context. It brings additional shades and sometimes can completely turn over the meaning.
Summing up all the above, I can safely say that by changing an emotional degree, you can play on the state of the reader. And, of course, you’re free to choose a set of linguistic tools depending on your needs.
The proper use of expressive speech is one of the most important nuances that form a personal writing style. I believe that the ability to play on words and thereby on the mood of the reader in many respects distinguish young authors unable to feel the context from pen wizards able to masterfully change the emotional angle.
I wish you all the best in your writing endeavors!
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Descriptions are not just a way to transfer information and create bright images, but also a wonderful instrument to play with the dynamics of the text by changing the rate of development of the story. Undoubtedly, everyone who wants to become a pen wizard has to be well aware of how to manage the readers’ attention, alternatively straining and relaxing their attention.
I believe all descriptions can be conditionally divided into static and dynamic.
Such descriptive blocks significantly slow down the pace of the narrative. You can meet them in scenes with smooth and unhurried rhythm. They are photo-like and often presented in the form of a single paragraph without any active actions.
Delivering a massive descriptive paragraph, the writer usually has two purposes:
Well, detailed descriptions of the appearance, face, and manners of a person point to the fact that the author deliberately draws our attention to the character, and therefore, will use him in future.
Thus, please avoid thorough describing characters of the third plan which will be mentioned only briefly, and then disappear forever. Note that the reader trusts you his attention, so you have to dispose of it properly.
Dynamic descriptions are always associated with the rapid development of the plot. They are typical for motion scenes and scenes with dialogues.
Did you know that the pace of the scene is largely determined by the relation of the dialogue and narrative components? So please don’t run to extremes:
Dynamic parts composed of descriptions and sometimes empty dialogues are common in modern fiction. They are easy to write and perceive. Note that it’s not always convenient for the reader to put together a mosaic of scattered pieces of the description. Be sure to follow a description with actions rather than interrupt it.
Tips on Dealing with Descriptions
#1 Avoid too Much Look Alike Text Structures
Uniform shapes are the no.1 to avoid when building a large narrative blocks. Descriptions are not just chains of visual images! Not always the visual image provides a complete and correct view of the world. Be sure to work on sounds, sensations, and smells.
Also, be versatile. Even three sentences with similar structure evoke nostalgia, not to mention a huge paragraph that the reader will be unable to finish.
#2 Do not Overload Sentences with Too Much Sense and Too Many Facts
Your ultimate task is to make descriptions understandable and clearly conveying the atmosphere. That’s why I believe you should avoid too complex structures with a lot of figures of speech, tall talk, etc.
Did you know that the longest grammatically correct English sentence belongs to William Faulkner and is composed of 1,292 words?
#3 Repetition is Not Always a Mistake
I bet you’ve read some recommendations on avoiding repetitions and tautologies. It is believed that the one and the same word used in the neighboring sentences spoils the perception, so it should be carefully replaced with synonyms. In most cases, it is true. But sometimes the repetition serves as a powerful mean of expression that focuses the reader on a particular word or image.
#4 Get Rid of Wordiness
In the hands of a beginner, descriptions may turn into a swamp pulling the reader down. Working with descriptions, always try to get rid of superfluous words and clarifications. If the hero is scratching his head, do not write that he does it by his hand – that’s obvious.
Another variation of wordiness is long tedious descriptions of places, objects, and people that do not carry any meaning for the story. Why describe the corridor in details, holding the reader's attention for a long time, if the heroes will run through it for a few seconds and never return?
I am bringing to the fact that the writer must know exactly what he needs to describe. Paying a particular attention to this or that image, you focus the reader's attention and make it clear that the scene is really important. But when you scrupulously describe something, the reader gets overloaded and confuses between the important and unimportant.
#5 Use the Character’s Point of View
Working with descriptions, you should not break away from the other components of the text. The place of the description in the text and its scope should be consistent with the structure of the scene.
Usually, when we write the text in the third person, we unwittingly act as an independent narrator. In my opinion, in both first- and third-person narratives the author has the full moral right to build relations based on the opinion of the narrator. This allows you to turn the usual description into something completely new and unique. And, of course, reveal the image of the hero.
I believe the author should not be afraid to express personal views in descriptions, as well as add some colors and exaggerate. Pay attention to classics – is there a shadow of constraint in their work? Definitely, not.
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I know I haven't published a post for a while, but there's two reasons for that - First, the blog software is a bit flaky and crashes a lot, so it makes posting a blog more trouble than its worth. I've invested a lot of time and effort into this blog, so changing to something else is not really an option. Second, as you can see from my outpourings, I've been a bit busy:
Not that I'm complaining. In fact, the wife said to me this morning: "Do you enjoy it?" I answered in the affirmative. I mean, I get up at five o'clock (or thereabouts) eager to start writing. At night, as I'm drifting off to sleep, I'm thinking about where my characters are and where they're going next.
After finishing the novella: Murder Comes to Camelot, I've begun the next in the Parish & Richards series (No.18). If you're so inclined, you can read the first chapter of Evidence of Things Not Seen.
Hey Dave! If I can be so bold? I’m a tad incensed. Why? Well, I’m glad you asked – homeless ex-forces personnel.
I know, you’re thinking – not that old potato again? I’m afraid so. You see, I was in the Armed Forces for 22 years. I didn’t serve in any overseas military conflict, but for all that time I was ready, able and willing to do so. We always believed that the government who sent its military personnel to fight in an armed conflict would have our backs, and that nobody would be left behind. You seem to have reneged on that understanding.
I’ve paid taxes all my working life and continue to pay them in my retirement. I’m a great believer in the Welfare State, but recently I’ve watched as you’ve squandered my hard-earned money on a long list of scroungers and benefit cheats instead of looking after the people who really matter.
The idea that one single soldier is homeless and sleeping rough makes me so damned angry. Apologies for a few expletives here and there, but when I hear that my taxes are being used to fund houses for refugees from another country before you look after one of your own, a few expletives are necessary.
I don’t normally expect a say in how my taxes are allocated, but now I’d like to say that you serve the people of this country, and your priority should be to look after all homeless ex-forces personnel before you help one single refugee.
'It's me, Toady.'
'No, I'm sorry. You're face doesn't ring any bells.'
'I know, I know! You're making a point because I haven't written a blog post in absolutely ages.'
'You think I'd be so childish?'
'Do you think you'd be so childish?'
'So, what do you want?'
'There's no need to be like that, Toady.'
'You've written a new book, haven't you - that's why you're here?'
'And some other things.'
'I didn't think you'd come here to say hello to your old friend, Toady. Instead, you're here to let everyone know what you've been doing.'
'I'm here to see you as well.'
'You're just saying that.'
'No, I'm not. You're the bestest friend an author ever had.'
'Yes, definitely. Now get the beers out while I tell everybody what I've been doing.'
'You bet, boss.'
So, what have I been doing? As I said, I've written two more books - both in the Parish & Richards series. Deceit is in the Heart is No.15 in the series, and The Fragments That Remain is No.16. No.17 - The Kisses of an Enemy - will be out later in the year. The other things I've been doing are compiling an omnibus edition of the previous three books in the Parish & Richards series: Nos. 13 - 15: The Twinkling of an Eye, A Time to Kill and Deceit is in the Heart - a bargain at less the cost of the individual books. Also, don't forget, that VAT is now added onto the price of the ebook, for which you can blame the government for adding 20% VAT, which ultimately, as with all VAT, the consumer pays for and it goes into the chancellor's coffers. Don't think that I get any of that VAT - I don't. And don't think (as one person added to their review) that I've hefted up my prices because I think I'm a real author - nothing could be further from the truth. THE GOVERNMENT MADE ME DO IT!
Also, I had many requests to produce a printed version of The Writer's A-Z of Body Language, which I have now done, and I hope it serves its purpose. I'm currently writing Souls of the Dead (Tom Gabriel 3), which will be available at the end of May 2015. The first chapter is at the end of the link, and here's the cover:
Oh, and for those who mourned the death of Stieg Larsson, Swedish novelist and journalist David Lagercrantz has written the next in the Millennium series: The Girl in the Spider's Web, which is due out August 27th. I've already ordered my copy - I loved that series.
I've kept the names of those who were involved in this shameful incident a closely-guarded secret all these years, but feel that the statute of limitations must have run out by now. And if they come for me - I'm not going down alone. There was Dave Needham (Neds) he was the ringleader; Andy Keeble; John Fletcher (Fletch); Paul Duffy; Stevie Barker; Chris (Joe) Brown; Pete Croft; Martin Rains and Mal . . . Come to think of it, I don't think I actually got involved in any of the scrumping. Yeah, that was it - I just watched. So, it was nothing to do with me, officer. You want me to do what? And I get immunity? Okay, it's a deal.
As I've said elsewhere on the site, school was a waste of time for me. We used to truant all the time. In fact, I can't recall going to school in the last year at all. There was also another member of the gang called Mal (I don't recall his last name), but he used to live in the house behind the shops on Wilmslow Road (see picture), which had a wooden shed at the bottom of the back garden. We spent many happy days squashed in Mal's shed when we should have been at school. It was in that shed where we discussed our plans for world domination and told our best jokes. Most of us smoked as well, and as there was no ventilation it was like an Opium den. I'm surprised any of us got out of there alive. I also recall getting blamed by Ned's parents for him wagging school. As if! He was the ringleader. I would never have done anything if he hadn't coerced me.
Neds passed his driving test and bought a mini. The thing I remember about that Mini was that it had a hole in the floor on the passenger side (or was it the driver's side?), so that if it rained your feet got wet. Pete Croft had a car as well - an Anglia. We all piled in it and went to Blackpool. There used to be a pub called 'Our Father's Moustache' there, which sold beer in 3-pint pots. Did we ever drink all that beer? I don't recall, but I don't think so!
We started a band, you know. What were we called? I have no idea, but we weren't very successful. I had a guitar (Oh yes! I was an accomplished musician) - it had one string. You've never heard music until you've heard 'Mony Mony' (apologies to Tommy James & the Shondells) played on a one-stringed guitar. Who were the other members of the band? I recall that Stevie Barker had a drum kit, so he must have been on drums. I don't recall who else was there. What I do remember is the police arriving. Well, we were practising in my mum and dad's front garden - I think they must have been out at the time. Anyway, one of the neighbours didn't appreciate our version of 'Mony Mony', and called the cops. We could have been contenders, our shot at the big time gone in an instant - I hope you're proud of yourself if you're reading this!
Did I mention my new book? Gott im Himmel! My memory is getting worse. Well, I've put the cover up at the top of this blog post with the link, so if you click on it . . . I think you know what will happen! Yep, the end of the world as we know it. And just so you don't come back later and say: "Hey, you never told us!" I'm telling you now. The next Parish & Richards book - No.15 Deceit is in the Heart will be out the first week of January 2015. Yeah, you're right - that's the cover up above! Oh, and hey! If I don't see you before:
Merry Christmas & Happy New Year!
Yes, we've had our ups and downs as most couples do, but mostly ups. Life would be pretty boring if you never had an argument. I look back and I can honestly say I've enjoyed it. And now, I get to write as well. Don't get me wrong, I'm not saying I'm any good at writing, I leave that to the readers. Some (thankfully in the minority) think I'm a dreadful writer. Well, hey-ho a sailor's life for me! One does one's best. The thing is - I like writing. And ain't it great when you find something you love to do. My wife has pottery and shopping, I have writing. What more could one ask for in the knacker's yard?
So listen, I've got a novella to tell you about: An Ill Wind (Cyrus Kane 1) - the start of a new series, but listen closely - you can get that and a whole lot more by downloading Murder 9.0, which includes the first Tom Gabriel Footprints of the Dead, and that's a bargain if there ever was one!
I have one more thing to tell you about and then I'll leave you alone. I'm currently on the third chapter of A Time to Kill (Parish & Richards 14). I know, I said I was going to write something called Little Boy Blue, but I'm saving that for a future project. Anyway, here's the cover of the new P&R and if you click on it, it'll take you directly to the first chapter - Love ya lots!
Here's a wheel, and it's a very nice colourful wheel. It describes human emotions. Now, if we add a human emotion to a smile, we might very well be moving in the right direction. However, I think we have to bear in mind that a picture paints a thousand words. If a reader can't picture what type of smile it is, then the descriptor is not going to be very helpful. For instance, we might be able to picture a 'sleepy', 'playful', 'serene', or 'bored' smile, but what does a 'faithful' or 'stimulating' smile look like?
Hi, I'm Tim Ellis - I write a lot and I hope you enjoy what I write.