Friday, October 04, 2013
I know it's not anywhere near January 1st, but I'm in the middle of creating new resolutions and revisiting old ones. Never eating anything bigger than my head and avoiding fire ants have been pretty easy resolutions to stick to. But others--including keeping up a blog, haven't been as successful (see regular exercise routine). But if zebras can jump through a magenta sky over an aqua moon, then updating a blog is doable--totally doable.
In the break from my last post, my husband and I have relocated from my hometown of Portland, Oregon to a small historic town in eastern Oregon. Because we bought an extreme fixer-upper (where were the reality show people???) we lived in a series of furnished rental house while waiting to get our place suitable for Twig, the min pin. For us too, I suppose. That meant over nine months with no studio. I was pretty worried that once I DID get back into my brand new studio that I wouldn't know an oil pastel from a charcoal stick. Wrong. Though I did have a couple of false starts, soon I was happily coloring away. Everything felt new and fresh and I came away appreciating the break that I'd had instead of mourning the time I'd lost.
As a writing teacher, I often hear from a student that they feel bad about taking a break from their writing routine. And now I feel I'm in a better space to assure someone that perhaps the break was meant to be and a new opportunity for new creations with fresh eyes, ears and heart. It's the whole silver linings angle--and that's as good an angle as any. Okay, I guess it's time to head to the gym...
Writing tip of the day: "show; don't tell". This writing technique can be tricky to master, but allowing your readers to experience a piece of writing through a character's direct thoughts, dialogue and actions can make that reader's experience more immediate. I'm going to use the jumping zebra piece to show you what I mean.
Telling: Frank the zebra joyfully jumped through the magenta sky. The moon was a bright blue and there were three other zebras joining in the fun.
Showing: "Whoo-hoo!" Frank whooped. "Eat my stripes!" he taunted the other three zebras as he jumped higher still in the magenta sky. "That moon," Frank thought as he leveled a stare at the bright crescent,"that moon is the exact bright blue of my new pantsuit."
Try it yourself.
Posted by Nancy Coffelt at 1:42 PM