#WeekendRewind: How To Master Show, Don’t Tell

I’ve noticed my current work in progress, Love Poetry, has been bogged down with a lot of “telling.” Looks like I could use a refresher course…

We all could.

K.M. Allan

Ah, show, don’t tell. One of the most spouted pieces of writing advice, and one of the most confusing.

When I first heard of it, I had no idea what it meant. Surely writing that my character “rose from her chair and walked across the room” was showing? Yes? No? Maybe? No. It’s a no. A hard no. It’s “telling” the reader what the character is doing (and in a very uninspired way).

Showing is using your words to create a picture in the reader’s mind. It’s using words to put them in the moment, to allow them to feel as if they are the characters. That it’s them “pulling their tired bones from the stiff seat and shuffling across the dusty floorboards”. It’s all about forging a connection between the reader and the characters. And it isn’t as confusing as you think.

How To Master Show, Don’t Tell

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It’s Worth the Mess: 3 Reasons to Keep Creating

Originally, today was supposed to be a Work in Progress Wednesday. I was going to post for you an excerpt from my current (and never-ending) WIP, Love Poetry, you were going to love it, I was going to be motivated to keep on writing and finish, and overall, it was going to be a happy day. Then I read the excerpt again…

Let’s just say I have a “mess” on my hands. A hot damn mess. Good thing I have Miss Candice here to encourage me to keep working on it.

Keep working, I shall. Check out her post if you, like me, are struggling with a messy project. 🙂

I came for the soup...

Anything worth doing is worth doing poorly . . . until you can learn to do it well.” ~Zig Ziglar

have always been a believer that anything worth having is definitely worth fighting for. Having healthy relationships? Worth fighting for. Having security? Worth fighting for. Having victory in maintaining faith? Worth fighting for.

I could go on and I am sure that you could add several things to the ‘worth fighting for’ list. But one thing I have often lost the fight in (because I didn’t show up) was in learning new avenues of creating.

Why? Because more times than not I was afraid of failure. I wonder if you can relate.

The thing about being a creative person–the thing about being human–is that the beginnings of all of our successes begin in a mess. We don’t begin walking with elegant or confident gaits. We fall and we scuff…

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#WeekendRewind: How to Tackle NaNoWriMo: My Advice To You (Day 1 of Countdown) #NaNoWriMo #Writing

Continuing with my weekend of reblogs, I’m sending you over to Candice, host of I came for the soup… She’s returned from hiatus just in time to give you some helpful advice going into NaNoWriMo in . . . YIKES! Three days!

Honestly, I have to say, I’m a little anxious. I haven’t looked at my outline for my NaNoWriMo novel since May, and although I spent an entire month planning it, I’m not all that sure I’m ready to write it, mentally at least.

But Candice’s advice truly helps me with my problem of over thinking this whole 50,000 words in 30 days challenge:

Just sit down and type. Breathe, and type.

Perfect. Yes, there’s no such thing as writer’s block. We can do this!

Candice is counting down to NaNoWriMo kick off, and this is just Day 1, so you know there’s only greater advice to follow. Head over to her blog and check out other useful tips she has for tackling NaNoWriMo!

—Nortina

I came for the soup...

In less than a week, November 1st will be here, and a mass of heroes and heroines will be born from the typing fingers of those who have bravely taken up the challenge to write a 50,000-wordnovel in 30 days.

First, let me say congratulations for being brave enough to challenge yourself with this. I have participated in NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) for three years running, and each year I have come away with a fantastic body of work (that yes, needs editing and revision) that I can be proud of.

Now, let me clarify, I have not officially done the NaNoWriMo with the whole registration thing (which I totally recommend because they have some great rewards for those who complete the 30 days with 50,000 words or more.) Why? Well, because I tend to use any 30 day month, June being the month of choice…

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#WeekendRewind: BHE: Get Out (2017)

I’m totally loving Solee and Mikey’s Best Halloween Ever marathon! Basically, every day in October, they watch a scary movie, have a 45 minute Google Docs discussion on the movie, and then publish it online.

Honestly, I gotta say, I feel like I’m a part of these discussions because I’m nodding my head, laughing, agreeing, disagreeing, adding my opinions, if only in my head.

This past weekend they reviewed Jordan Peele’s Get Out, and I was anxious to read what they had to say about the movie. I thoroughly enjoyed Get Out. And as an African American, this movie was truly horror for me! My mind is still a little unsettled by it. And I work in corporate America, so there’s always that underlying fear of descending into the “sunken place.”

Could Get Out actually happen? Who says it hasn’t already? You see all over social media people pointing out the appropriation of black culture in mainstream society, from everybody trying to be a rapper, to everyone trying to . . . well, look like us— lip injections, butt injections, excessive tanning, afro extensions, setting “new” beauty and fashion trends that black women have been doing for YEARS.

And now that we live in Trump World, at least for the next three years, Get Out is starting to feel less and less like fiction…

But you be the judge. Go watch the movie and tell me I’m overreacting (I’m a writer, I do those kinds of things). By the way, you should probably see it BEFORE you read Solee and Mikey’s review, that is, unless you actually prefer the SPOILERS!

—Nortina

A Weekend of Reblogs . . . And Title Changes

Hello, friends! I’m sure you’re wondering, who is this stranger? Yes, it’s been a long time since I’ve posted something on a Saturday, but I’m thinking about testing a new segment on this blog called Reblog Weekends.

What do you think? Catchy enough? Hey, no one said both words had to start with a W . . . or an R.

Hmm, maybe I should call it Weekend Rewind. That sounds better right? At least both words have a W in them.

Ok, so the title is a work in progress (as are most of my titles), but you get the point, right?

Anyway, let’s get on to the motivation behind this new segment…

When I’m not writing, or working, or living under a rock, or procrastinating (more to come on that later), I like to scroll through my WordPress reader and read about the lives and loves of the many blogs I follow, whether they are personal blogs, fiction or poetry writing, cooking, travel, book and movie reviews, or a little bit of everything.

While I don’t always comment on everything (too hard, I tend to overthink comments, I want mine to mean something–such the perfectionist, the main reason why I struggle to respond to comments on my own blog), I do at least try to like all the posts I read, just so the blogger knows that s/he has a keeper who is thoroughly enjoying his/her content.

I’m like Zeke Elliott . . . FEED ME!

Ok, I’m a Cowboy’s fan. You know I had to sneak that in there.

But every once in a while I come across a post that I love so much I can’t just like it on my own and skip out on leaving a comment. I have to tell people about it!

Hence, Reblog Weekends!

. . . or Weekend Rewind . . .

I’m starting to like the Rewind better . . .

Every Saturday and Sunday, I’ll be sharing some of my favorite blog posts that I’ve read during the week, giving you all the opportunity to be smitten by the writer’s words just as I was.

This is also a great opportunity for blog exposure that could result in a few extra followers. So to those writers whose posts I do share . . . you’re welcome.

Maybe I’ll add my two cents with every reblog. I know how some bloggers are about people just sharing their content and having nothing to say (I’m the same way when my posts get randomly reblogged or linked). So trust me when I tell you this isn’t spam, just a fan wanting to brag and boast about why she’s an ultimate fan, and maybe lend a few more fans in the process. . .

Although, I’d be lying if I said part of my reasoning wasn’t selfish, because it get’s a little lonely here on the weekends.

I think I’ll test try my Reblog Rewind ( . . .  nah, I think Weekend Rewind is going to win out) at least to the end of the year. If anything else, I’ll have some great content to share with you, even through the weekends, while I’m planning ahead on my next week of blog posts (because procrastination must end!)

So are you ready to see my go-to reading material for this past week? Stay tuned, my first reblog goes up later today!

. . . By the way, let’s not talk about how I’m making something as simple as reblogging someone else’s hard work such a big deal here. I’m just that special. 😉