Weaving together the threads that make up my passion for the written word…as an author, editor, and follower of The Word.
Becoming a great writer is a life-long pursuit that takes not only talent, but practice. Lots and LOTS of practice. The more you write, refine your work, and perfect your own unique voice, the better you become. Writing prompts provide a great opportunity to beef up your writing skills with something fun and different. They can also help with that dreaded bout of “writer’s block” that you just can’t seem to shake.
So with that in mind, I’m going to try to provide a new prompt every couple of weeks. The purpose is to help writers improve their skills…and hopefully have fun while doing it.
(Since I’m just trying this out for the first time, please like these posts or comment if you find them helpful.)
This week’s prompt will focus on descriptive writing. It tends to be the unsung hero of most books because the action always takes center stage. Descriptions can be difficult to write effectively, and boring to read when badly done. But without them your readers would feel pretty disoriented, lost in a sea of faceless, shapeless characters moving about in a barren void. Fantasy writers in particular, I KNOW how long you spent envisioning that brand new world; the perfect setting for the story you are dying to tell. But unless you describe it well, that place remains a vision that you alone can see. No one will ever see your world on TV, or in photographs. They will never be able to vacation there. Your descriptive writing is their only link. So here is the prompt:
Putting ideas into words.
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