All posts tagged: genre

Voice of Description: A Writing Exercise

I am certainly not the best at description but like most of us who strive to be the very best writing versions of ourselves, I am a work in progress. Today, for Wisdom from the Writer’s Journal, I want to do an exercise of Description. ‘Description’ is everything when it comes to writing. We as writers do not have the same ‘advantages’ as those who create physical visual art. We do not paint with oils on canvas, we paint with words on the canvas of our reader’s minds. We don’t have the bonus of background music to lead our scenes, letting our readers know the monster is coming around the corner or that the brooding man is about to kiss his love interest. Nope. What we have are words to translate the vibrancy, heart and soul of our stories, and boy can they be the most powerful tool of all especially if they are wielded in the right way. In order for our work to translate with the vibrancy, we intend it to we need to master the art …

7 Ways You Know its Time to Explore a New Writing Genre

When we finally heed the great call to be a word-weaving fiction writer, one of the first things we do is take up the mantle of  a specific genre. For some writers, one road, one genre, is all we need to feel fulfilled and a success in our craft. For others of us, we start with tunnel vision, focused solely on a specific genre only to find our ‘vision’ to blur and we begin to see double or even more than double. What’s going on? What may be happening is that our creativity is developing and expanding from a one-way road to a multiple lane highway. One genre just won’t do. Our creative juices need more avenues through which to flow. Here are 7 signs that show us its time to try a new genre on for size: 1. Your current genre seems to be in a rut and your creativity is hinting at spicing things up a bit by adding a touch of another genre.  For example, science fiction alone was great, but for …