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Words for Writers Wednesday: When Passion Pays the Bills

Don’t fret over rejection and bad news.

Because soon, very soon,

Passion will be paying the bills.


Recently, I got two three rejections letters for jobs I’ve applied for. As disappointing as that is, I have to have faith that my passion for writing will keep me afloat someday.

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Prompt of the Week: Genre Swap!

Genre Swap! Whatever your WIP story is right now, change it to a completely different genre.


Write your response in the comments below. Best entry gets a shout out next week!

Shout out to Plant Electrician who had a hilarious entry for last week’s writing prompt.

Write with Heart,

Lady Jabberwocky

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Words for Writers Wednesday: Save Writer’s Block Sufferers Today

When you see someone falling into the quick sand

That is writer’s block,

Be the one who helps them out.

Be the wall to bounce ideas off of.

Because one day,

When you are stuck in the trenches,

You may need backup too.


Writers should support other writers. Period.

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How to Write About Fictional Foods and Feasts

Food, in any story, is almost unavoidable.

Whether your characters are cooking a traditional meal from their culture, or grabbing a bite to eat, food can become a memorable part of a scene.

Personally, I love when I get the chance to write about food, because of how descriptive you can be when talking about a meal. And its those small details that bring a story, and it’s characters, to life. Take a line from my WIP as an example: “I was rewarded with freshly baked bread topped with minced garlic and a generous drizzle of olive oil.” Got your mouth watering already, right? It’s the little sentences like that will hook reader’s attention in a snap.

No, you don’t have to sound like a menu when talking about what’s on the plate. However, plugging in descriptive details will enrich your story and build a realistic, clear image for your characters, and your readers.

Preparation

  • Boiled
  • Broiled
  • Fried
  • Baked
  • Roasted
  • Steamed

Taste and Flavor

  • Sweet, Sugary, Salty
  • Juicy, Fresh, Tart
  • Bitter, Sharp, Sour, Acrid
  • Refreshing, Rich,
  • Smokey, Fiery, Zesty, Vinegary

Texture

  • Crispy, Crunchy, Greasy, Oily
  • Charred, Sticky, Soft, Doughy
  • Mushy, Slimy, Luscious, Dry, Airy
  • Melted, Stringy, Tough, Ooey-Gooey
  • Ripe, Rotten, Chilled, Piping Hot

Rapid Fire Tips

  • If your writing about a cuisine from a culture that’s not your own, do the research. You’ll want to be accurate with the information from another heritage.
  • Writing Sci-Fi or Fantasy? Be creative with inventing delicacies that tie into your setting. Consider incorporating holidays that center around a certain meal. What does Thanksgiving look like on Pluto? You tell me.
  • When the story takes place in another time period, think about what food was common back then and how it was prepared.

Throw away vague words like “delicious” and give your readers something to chew on. What are some food related moments from your favorite stories? Does your WIP have a line regarding a good meal? Talk to me in the comments! Have a great weekend you guys. Right now, I’m off to an escape room.

Write with Heart,

Lady Jabberwocky

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When Your Fictional Character Gives You Life Advice

You know,

NaNoWriMo didn’t go too well for me,

I mean, I didn’t reach the 50k, but it’s fine, really.

And working on a novel can be difficult.

Why can’t writing be like a literary waterfall of brilliance?

Maybe I’m just being impatient.

Not like I can just wiggle my nose and boom! There’s my book.

“The pieces will fall into place when they are meant to.” Actual quote from my fictional detective, Private Detective H.B Cooper.

I invented you, you’re not supposed to give me life advice.

“As If I care for such trivial commentary.” – Another quote from my fictional detective.


So sorry for no post this week. I was super busy and super sick. Life just wants to hit me in the face with a baseball bat. With the holidays right around the corner, my posts may become a bit sparse. But do not fret, we will be back to our regularly scheduled program soon, I promise!


Side note: What advice would your fictional characters give you? Write it in the comments. I’d love to hear from you guys.

Write with Heart,

Lady Jabberwocky

NaNoWriMo: Facing Disappointment and Almost Defeat

This is becoming a miserable attempt at NaNoWriMo.

Frankly, I’m feeling disappointed. In myself and letting you guys down.

Life and work got too busy and I wanted to find the time last week, and I just couldn’t.

Unfortunate events really knocked me down.

Not going to make excuses, I dropped the ball this year.

If this blog is about the ups and downs of me being a writer, guess this is one of those downs. Maybe NaNoWriMo isn’t for me? Ugh, I hate saying that.

Sorry all the NaNo hype didn’t live up to expectations. Life is tough sometimes, huh?

And when things get tough, I’m lucky to have someone to lean on.

In a moment of defeat, my better half gave me some encouraging words, while buying me Chinese takeout.

“The whole point of this month was to get you to write.”

He’s a keeper, isn’t he? When I’m a mess, my boyfriend always manages to put things into perspective and sets thing straight. He had a point though, the real goal of NaNoWriMo was to get the ball rolling on the novel I was nervously procrastinating to write. I’m thankful for that push of motivation that NaNo gave me.

So, all hope is not lost. There’s always time to keep writing, right?

I’m reworking my goals here, something more manageable. Finding the time for both my freelance writing and fiction writing will be a challenge, but it’s a challenge worth taking.  I may not make the deadline, but I will keep writing. And that’s whats important.

Guess we’ll see how November ends for me. Good luck to all the writers thriving in NaNoWriMo. Go on without me!


Write with Heart,

Lady Jabberwocky

NaNoWriMo #18: Snowy Catch-Up Days

Here in New York, We’ve got our first dusting of snow the other day. It was actually more like a couple inches worth of snow. Starting to feel like Winter over here.

Sorry if I’ve been absent, I’ve been playing catch up these past couple days. Hovering around 15,000, I think. I know I’m incredibly behind now, but I’m still going to keep going.

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Even though I’m behind word count wise, there is a bright side to taking a slower pace. I’ve noticed that scenes are arranging into place, and that’s pretty cool. Things look like they are coming together in my story, it’s exciting. If you’re participating in NaNoWriMo this year, keep on writing! Let your imagination be your guide! And just do your best!

It’s peddle to the metal in these last few weeks of November. As I’m writing this, I’m about to start another nightly writing session. Burning the midnight oil, as it were. Keep your fingers and toes crossed, lovelies, that something decent gets written.

How is NaNoWriMo treating you? You guys holding up okay? Any plot revelations? Or writer stress? Pour a glass of wine and talk to me in the comments.

Write with Heart,

Lady Jabberwocky