Fellow Writers, Don’t Give Up, Don’t Give In, and Try Everything

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I won’t give up, no I won’t give in
Til I reach the end and then I’ll start again
No I won’t leave, I wanna try everything
I wanna try even though I could fail

That’s just the chorus of Shakira’s (or should I say Gazelle’s?) new hit single, “Try Everything” which is featured in latest Disney movie Zootopia. Listen to the rest of the song and tell me it doesn’t inspire you keep plugging away on that work in progress?

I hope you enjoyed the video. It’s the only song I’ve been listening to recently to help me get through my workout and those painful bouts of writer’s block.

Happy Hump Day!

 

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You Know What Day It Is? Hump Day!

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Uh oh, guess what day it is! Guess. What. Day. It. Is. Aww, come on, I know you can hear me. C’mon … say it … say it!

It’s Hump Day! Whoot Whoot! Hump Daaaay!

As you can tell, I’m thoroughly excited we’ve made it to the middle of the week. Please let the downhill slope be relatively painless as we head into the ever-anticipated weekend!

Happy Hump Day, everyone!

I Didn’t Feel Like Blogging Today, So Here’s A Picture of an Armed Cat Riding a Fire-breathing Unicorn

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Today is Wednesday, and–gasp–I don’t have a post ready! Let me explain. No, there is too much. Let me sum up. With play rehearsal, mom’s illness, nephew’s needs, and my novel’s impending release date, I’ve run out of time to compose a thoughtful blog post for today … but since I hate to skip a day in my schedule, here’s a picture of an armed cat riding a unicorn. It should be noted that the unicorn has red, glowing eyes. Also, the cat is wearing a red bandanna, which in the 90’s, was very cool.

Happy Hump Day, everyone!

To Italicize, or not to Italicize, that is the Question

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I have a question, one that I think you guys can help me with. As you might remember from previous posts, I’ve been playing around with dialogue and accents in my current work in progress. Well, now I’ve got it in my mind to play with font styles.

Here me out.

It’s a comedic fantasy novel that centers around a young wizard’s apprentice named Margo whose only companion is a magical talking jewelry piece. How it acquired this unique ability is a secret until book II.

So far, I’m using the traditional dialogue tags (” “) to surround its speech, but was wondering if I should use italics instead, since it’s not ‘speaking’ in a traditional sense. I’ve seen other works of fiction utilize italics or bold font styles to distinguish disembodied voices or nontraditional speakers.

Here’s an example of how it might look both ways:

Traditional dialogue tags:

“Open your hand.”

Slowly, Margo uncurled her fingers. The pin lit up in time with the words, “Hello, Margo.”

“How are you . . .?”

“Magic, obviously,” it said. The voice was hollow as though it were being spoken in an empty room. It was also distinctly female, which cancelled out Wizard White Beard. But who else would try to reach her through a pin? Maybe some magic had gotten into it while practicing in her room. Perhaps if she read the Dullard’s Guide to Wizardry as instructed, she’d understand. For now she’d just have to roll with it.

“Clip me on,” it told her and after some hesitation Margo did as she was asked . . .

Italic font style:

Open your hand.

Slowly, Margo uncurled her fingers. The pin lit up in time with the words, Hello, Margo.

“How are you . . .?”

Magic, obviously, it said. The voice was hollow as though it were being spoken in an empty room. It was also distinctly female, which cancelled out Wizard White Beard. But who else would try to reach her through a pin? Maybe some magic had gotten into it while practicing in her room. Perhaps if she read the Dullard’s Guide to Wizardry as instructed, she’d understand. For now she’d just have to roll with it.

Clip me on, it told her and after some hesitation she did as she was asked . . .

So, what are your thoughts? Do you prefer the italics or the quotes? Or do you have another suggestion entirely? Please provide feedback in the comment section below. Thank you and have a wonderful Wednesday!

Guess What Day It Is?

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Uh oh, guess what day it is! Guess. What. Day. It. Is. Aww, come on, I know you can hear me. C’mon … say it … say it! It’s Hump Day! Whoot Whoot! Hump Daaaay!

As you can tell, I’m thoroughly excited we’ve made it to the middle of the week. Please let the downhill slope be relatively painless as we head into the ever-anticipated weekend!

Happy Hump Day, everyone!

Happy Hump Day! What’s the Status on Your WIP?

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Happy Hump Day, everyone! I had meant to share a writer’s resource with you all today or a fun book recommendation, but after my mom’s appointments, I was feeling a little run down so I thought to perk myself up–and anyone else who is having a sluggish hump day–with a fun video!

Considering the week I’ve had, with flat tires, viewings, and mom’s appointments, it’s safe to say I haven’t met my mid-weekly goal. Hoping the second half of the week goes better!

Well, that’s my status report. How’s your WIP progressing? How’s your week been? Hoping yours is going better than mine. If not, here’s a little video to help. Enjoy!