Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Tuesday Ten: Why I Love Writing

Wordplay and Witticisms: Substitute “damn” every time you’re inclined to write “very”; your editor will delete it and the writing will be just as it should be.

—Mark Twain

Congratulations to the contest winner over at Armchair Heroines: Bethre! Head over to AH tomorrow to hear the first installment of a progressive interview with Daughters of the Glen series author, Melissa Mayhue!

Tuesday Ten: Why I Love to Write...

1. Great Characters - men, women, children, animals...I love to get inside their heads!

2. Snappy Dialogue

3. Settings - from the exotic to the everyday

4. Plot twists

5. Character flaws and eccentricities - nobody's perfect!

6. Eliciting emotion from my reader - laughter, tears, blinding anger...bring it!

7. Finding new ways to describe everyday things

8. The feel of flying fingers along the keyboard when I'm on a roll

9. Finding the perfect word to convey exactly what I'm trying to say

10. My favorite: leaving the reader with a renewed sense of awe and wonder, a strengthened belief in love, happy endings and the presence of good in the world!

What are your favorite things about writing? What keeps bringing you back to that chair?


Kerrie said...

Since I write non-fiction articles, mine is a little different. To me writing feels like a rollercoaster ride. The beginning of the article is like going up the first hill--slow. But then I get to the top of the hill and I can see the rest of the track. There is a rush as the coaster goes over the hill, speeding through the rest of the ride. That is why I keep writing--for that moment at the top of the hill, when my article is about halfway done. The rest of it is like going for a ride. Then when it is all done there is a huge adrenalin rush.

Tiffany James said...


I love the roller coaster visual! I've never tried my hand at non-fiction or articles. Thanks for sharing your insights about a different writing arena!