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Fundamentals of Writing: Power Words #amwriting

Life in the Realm of Fantasy

When we put the first words of a story on paper, the images and events we imagine as we write have the power to move us. Because we see each scene fully formed in our minds, we are under the illusion that what we have written conveys to a reader the same power that moved us. Once we’ve written “the end” it requires no further effort, right?

I don’t know about your work, but usually, at that stage my manuscript reads like a laundry list.  

usingpowerwordsLIRF06192021The trick is to understand that, while the first draft has many passages that shine, more of what we have written is only promising. The first draft contains the seeds of what we believe we have written. Like a sculptor, we must work to shave away the detritus and reveal the truth of the narrative.

One way we do this is by injecting subtly…

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Last – Tuesday Use It In A Sentence #tuesdayuseitinasentence

It was a last-ditch effort, she knew, but with no other plan available, it was the only option they had left. If it worked, even if the resulting peace didn’t last, it would be better than letting the war continue. So she gave the go-ahead for it and prayed it would work.

This post is part of the Tuesday Use It In A Sentence prompt, “last”: