Today the post is supposed to be vibrant colors so I hope this photo will suffice. For a couple of years I’ve wanted to plant a mixture of seeds in my yard and this past spring I took the rotor-tiller and made the area. I sowed wild seed mixed with annuals and the result is above. I called it my meadow. I was able to enjoy the brilliant flowers for the whole spring and in to late summer. Yes, of course I collected seed. Now I can repeat the process but of course not in the same spot (the soil needs to rest.) In the fall I harvested seeds then pulled weeds and grass, used the rotor-tiller with full intentions of spreading compost and giving this area a break. The rain came for several days and when I was able to get back out I found new seedlings peeping out of the ground. Needless to say I did not disturb them and soon had a new meadow which I enjoyed until almost Christmas. The soil is now resting and come spring I will plant my meadow in a new place.
I hope everyone had a Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah and Happy New Year. We got to spend Christmas with our oldest son and wonderful grandson. Our youngest son is a minister and could not make it home this year but we keep up the hope for next year. He is working for God and that is what’s more important. Again our oldest son had New Year’s dinner with us. We are so blessed that both our sons are Christians and we all have a close relationship.
Did you make any resolutions? Did I? I don’t know that I would call it a resolution but I do plan to work more on my manuscripts and try to continue my Creek posts.
So I will see you on the Creek later. Stay safe and God bless.
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I’ve recently read “Into the Free” a novel by Julie Cantrell. I highly recommend this book. It is a great read. Cantrell holds your interest from the first page up to the last word. It is a Southern Drama about a young girl’s struggles with life.
Thanks for stopping by. This is just my thoughts this morning. We expecting thunder storms here in Florida today so I might not get back on the computer until they pass. I usually never go on my computer in bad weather. I will try to get a regular post up when the weather is better. Have a great day and God bless.
If you have ever taken a class on writing then you have heard “You must show not tell your story.” So you think Piece of cake I can easily do that. What are you writing if you think showing is a cake walk?
If we want to have a dream of a chance for our novels to make a best-selling list we have to do more than just show. The audiences today and probably yesterday as well, demand more. They want to be in the moment! They want to feel the laughter and pain. So how do we put them there you ask.
We use all of their senses. They not only want to see, they also want to feel, touch and smell. First we have to learn how to do this. I suggest that you get several best sellers in the genre the same or close to your manuscript (checking them out of the local library will save you money) then not only read them but study them. Look at how they move from scene and how they capture the reader; how they encourage them to turn the page. Now you will have a better understanding of what you are trying to accomplish.
We put our audiences in the scenes. We bring in the smells, the sounds and the taste. We let them hear the white noises that we hear and see every day. But we must do this without our reader being aware of the white noise just like we usually don’t notice them but the noise is still there. They want to smell the exhaust from a bus without it hitting them over the head.
Yes, of course we must show not tell but we have to do more than that. As we develop our skills we will write best sellers and enjoy the trip as well.
Thanks for stopping by. Until next time take a few minutes and make yourself aware of the white noises around you; the hum or a refrigerator, whir of a ceiling fan, a dog barking in the distance. They’re there and we must include them in our scenes if we want our scenes to be real. God bless.