At our Alliance of Literary Writers, Authors and Yabbering Scribes (ALWAYS) gathering this week, five established writers shared their top writing secrets and vocabulary words for this month. Now you can benefit from them, too!
Em-dash (—), what most people call simply a “dash,” signifying a break in a thought or longer pause or interruption in dialogue
5. By the way, Laurie is the current president of the Sisters in Crime Desert Sleuths. This association for mystery writers meets the third Wednesday of the month at Grimaldi’s Pizzeria in downtown Scottsdale, Ariz.
6. Ann Videan (that’s me), author of Rhythms & Music women’s novel and soundtrack, and The Delfaerune Rhapsody series, suggested authors look into product placement in your books to develop additional revenue streams. She explained that this simply involves mentioning brand names in your story and approaching the company about supporting the book for its publicity value to them. She recommended this HowStuffWorks article to learn more.
7. Our topic, vocabulary, helped unveiled several new fun words or phrases we can can all incorporate into our writing.
brilliant: popular in the United Kingdom, meaning cool, great, or an outstanding performance, concept, or product
mind the gap: a phrase to warn passengers to be careful while crossing the gap between the train door and the station platform.
go to the loo: an informal, more polite way of saying you’re headed to the bathroom, or going to the toilet
(From these first three, can you tell Laurie just returned from a trip to Europe?)
kerfuffle: disturbance or fuss
ostentatious: fancy, showing off wealth of knowledge to gain attention
ambitious: desiring to be successful, famous, or powerful; not easily done or achieved
grawlixes: typographical symbols standing for profanities, appearing in dialogue balloons in place of actual dialogue
ar·sy–var·sy: backside forward, head over heels, topsy-turvy
interrobang: a printed punctuation mark (‽), available only in some typefaces, designed to combine the question mark (?) and the exclamation point (!), indicating a mixture of query and interjection
histrionic: over-the-top melodramatic or theatrical
opprobrious: expressing scorn or criticism
disconcert: unsettle, disturb the composure of
(These last three are Shayne’s favorites from his new vocab book. Weren’t we lucky to have him attend today and share such cool words?)
8. For an introduction to a new word every day, complete with pronunciations, Laurie suggested subscribing to Wordsmith.org’s A.Word.A.Day.
Recap of the “Catch Your Dreams” writing workshop and brainstorm for the Scottsdale Society of Women Writers, Jan. 26, 2011
By Ann Narcisian Videan
Do you have a life dream you want to catch and live, but can’t get past everyday reality? Need a jump-start to move you toward your goal?
In our January brainstorming session, we talked about how – by listening to intuitions, using available resources and taking action – you can find true fulfillment, just as I have, and also as my heroine does in my novel Rhythms & Muse.
I asked participants to express their life dream and, with input from everyone in the room, we shared the ideas, resources and support recorded in this blog post.
Expect to gain at least one, but probably many, positive action items to help you take the next step with your writing, or life goal.
Writing Goal #1: Publish a historical fiction book for young adults. Next step: Get started.