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Nuts and Bolts: “Thought” Verbs Essay by Chuck Palahniuk

Heart Book on DeskOriginal Chuck Palahniuk’s “Thought” Verb Article Here

I fell in love with this article. I found it very challenging and wanted to share the thoughts with you.

Chuck Palahniuk has writers looking at the thought verbs and instead of telling your readers what they think or feel, you lay it out in detail and have the readers see what the character sees. I found this a unique way of getting into the characters head and pulling the readers into the story.

In the article he challenges writers to get rid of the “thought” verbs and change the writing to sensory details. Get rid of the knows, thinks, hates, and loves and start giving the detail of what the characters hear, see, smell, taste, and touch.

There are great examples in the article so please check them out.

I think this goes deeper than looking at just the show don’t tell but he actually has writers looking at why characters know, think, feel, believe…you get the idea. Not only does this help in developing your writing skills but also helps get your readers into the depths of why they feel the way they feel.

There are many writers who don’t agree with the theory, after all no writer has the same voice but this is definitely an article to take to heart. Even if you don’t agree it is still a tool to add to the writing belt.

Remember how important it is to improve ourselves and keep writing!

 

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Great post on writing emotion! The idea of show, don’t tell is a hard concept for beginning writers to comprehend. Cliches are also an easy mistake to make especially when trying to convey emotions. Using words, specifically abstract nouns, in emotional writing such as “love,” “hate,” “anger,” “fear,” and “guilt” are overused and a different experience for everyone. Using the five senses and description of physical sensations is a much better way to express emotions then telling readers how to feel.

Writing Your Way

Writing about emotion worries writers because it’s so easy to lapse into sentimentality. The secret is restraint at every level. Whatever moved you, artfully conveyed, will move your readers.

We’ve talked about how showing has more power than telling. Showing also allows a precision that telling lacks. The vocabulary of description is huge; the diction of human emotion is limited and limiting.

The first step is to get yourself out of the way. If you narrate in the first person, you will inevitably start adding adjectives about your own feelings. If you show what you saw and heard rather than experienced, you stimulate readers to respond in ways that mean more to them.

Think for a moment about monster stories and movies. The least effective ones, the least scary, show you the creature over and over in close-ups, lots of fangs and claws and red eyes and slobber and blood…

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This review of Magic Mansion by Jordan Castillo Price made me want to get this book! I was hesitant, afraid that it would be cheesy but it sounds unique and now I’m going to have to get a copy 🙂

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Magic Mansion by Jordan Castillo Price

How did I get it: I sort of stumbled upon this book while trying to find new M/M Romances on GoodReads. Then I spent some time at Price’s website. After reading the first 5 chapters online, I had to buy Magic Mansion.

Why did I read it: I loved the premise. Anything to do with magic and magicians always excites me, and I enjoy killing brain cells while watching trashy reality shows. What also appealed to me was the fact that Magic Mansion is a long book. The idea of reading a Gay Romance novel that was significantly more than 200 pages long made me unbelievably giddy.

Summary: 

Professor Topaz is tired of fending off advice that he should retire in Vegas where magicians his age have an easier time finding work.

Ricardo Hart’s career has sunk so low, he’s resorted to shaking his moneymaker at bachelorette parties.

But there’s a casting call…

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This post is great and has great writing information and inspiration! So stress less and write more!

Kristen Lamb's Blog

Writers are no strangers to stress. Many of us work full-time day jobs and write, or we balance a family and write, or we balance a family, a day job, and school, and write. There is just so much to keep up with, and few of us are blessed enough to have a secret lab with a death ray that will vaporize intruders….though I’m still saving. Frequently, writers will whine say, “But I just don’t have tiiiime. Writing and work and blogging and social media. There isn’t enough tiiiiiiime.”

Granted, all of us are spread thinly, but the thing is we have the same 24 hours as everyone else. Often we DO have the time, we just lack focus. We don’t have a time management conflict, we have a values conflict. Very often we have plenty of time, we just have values or beliefs or weaknesses that are devouring our…

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I love that I’m not the only one who goes on book rants 🙂


This is really exciting!


This poem is very emotional, it’s amazing. I love Anastacia’s poems.

anastaciasmusings

 

but I am your rain

I want to be your comfort.

but I am your pain.

 

I want to be your laughter

but I am your tears.

I want to be your courage

but I am your fears.

 

I want to be your hope.

but I am your despair.

I want you to love me

but all you can do is care.

 

I want to be your everything,

as you are to me.

I want to be the water you drink,

and the air that you breathe.

 

I want to be your everything.

 

Anastacia Hess,  Sept  30, 2006

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