Sunday, November 18, 2012

Do You See What I See?

I'm a visual writer;  I like to imagine a scene playing out like a movie in my head before I put it 'on paper.'  A problem with this is that I'll fail to adequately transcribe my imagined scene onto the printed page.  It can be difficult during self-editing to filter out what I've already visualized (i.e., to put myself in the reader's shoes and only 'see' what the words describe).  Since I've already 'pictured' what happens, my brain fills in the pieces that my words haven't adequately detailed, and even though I'm imagining a completed scene in my head based on what I'm reading, what's actually on the page has gaps.

I've developed a 'trick' to help myself with this problem.  It's nothing complicated and is extremely simple, if not overtly obvious, but I've found it does help me. After I've finished writing a scene, I'll do a re-read with a piece of scrap paper handy. As I'm reading, I sketch out the scene that the page paints, drawing only what the words describe.  I'm not talking about an artistic sketch--just stick figures and basic shapes will do.  This little diagram visually illustrates to me what I've described for the reader.  And if the picture is incomplete, I know where to add written detail.

Here's a quick example, using the paragraph below:
“Hate unnaturals,” Yduk Thiern murmured.  “Always have, always will.”  He stroked a hairy mole on his chin, while his boot sole slid back and forth across the desiccated surface of a coney skull rotting in the brushwood.
     
The bashful breeze ruffled not a hair on Yduk’s eggshell-bald head.  His greasy moustache hung too heavy to be bothered by a timid zephyr.  Clad in burnished black-lacquered buckskin, he wore a hand-and-a-half sword on his hip and a crossbow over his shoulder.  Dwarfed by the larger weapons, a deadly-thin dagger also hung at his belt.  He stood unmoving—tall, lean, and hard—blending with the shadows. 
     
Now, past midnight on a cool summer’s eve in the low foothills south of Dwim-Halloe, he waited beneath an ancient Elven tree-tower.  An unnatural lived inside.
     
In the oak forest sprinkled with whitebeam and wych elm, a giant ash loomed overhead, silvery bark magnificent in the moonlight.  Long ago, the elves constructed a slender dwelling wound around the trunk, high in the concealing branches.
     
Now the elves were gone, and a fugitive mage resided in the woodland spire.  The Southlander intended to collect his bounty.
     
The tracker scrutinized the rangy tree.  With no ladder or low branches, he wondered how he would ascend to the elevated entrance of the unnatural’s dwelling.
I would have the following sketch (please, control your laughter--it's for illustration purposes only!):


The sketch above is the imagery you can expect your readers to 'see' if they catch all of your descriptive text.  If this doesn't match the movie in your head, or something important is not shown, now is the time to fix it.
November 2012 - Hello Reader of 4concpoesiaecsps, In the article you read this time with the title November 2012, We have prepared this article for you to read and retrieve information therein. Hopefully the contents of postings We write this you can understand. well, happy reading.

Title : Do You See What I See?
link : Do You See What I See?

Read Also


November 2012

I'm a visual writer;  I like to imagine a scene playing out like a movie in my head before I put it 'on paper.'  A problem with this is that I'll fail to adequately transcribe my imagined scene onto the printed page.  It can be difficult during self-editing to filter out what I've already visualized (i.e., to put myself in the reader's shoes and only 'see' what the words describe).  Since I've already 'pictured' what happens, my brain fills in the pieces that my words haven't adequately detailed, and even though I'm imagining a completed scene in my head based on what I'm reading, what's actually on the page has gaps.

I've developed a 'trick' to help myself with this problem.  It's nothing complicated and is extremely simple, if not overtly obvious, but I've found it does help me. After I've finished writing a scene, I'll do a re-read with a piece of scrap paper handy. As I'm reading, I sketch out the scene that the page paints, drawing only what the words describe.  I'm not talking about an artistic sketch--just stick figures and basic shapes will do.  This little diagram visually illustrates to me what I've described for the reader.  And if the picture is incomplete, I know where to add written detail.

Here's a quick example, using the paragraph below:

“Hate unnaturals,” Yduk Thiern murmured.  “Always have, always will.”  He stroked a hairy mole on his chin, while his boot sole slid back and forth across the desiccated surface of a coney skull rotting in the brushwood.
     
The bashful breeze ruffled not a hair on Yduk’s eggshell-bald head.  His greasy moustache hung too heavy to be bothered by a timid zephyr.  Clad in burnished black-lacquered buckskin, he wore a hand-and-a-half sword on his hip and a crossbow over his shoulder.  Dwarfed by the larger weapons, a deadly-thin dagger also hung at his belt.  He stood unmoving—tall, lean, and hard—blending with the shadows. 
     
Now, past midnight on a cool summer’s eve in the low foothills south of Dwim-Halloe, he waited beneath an ancient Elven tree-tower.  An unnatural lived inside.
     
In the oak forest sprinkled with whitebeam and wych elm, a giant ash loomed overhead, silvery bark magnificent in the moonlight.  Long ago, the elves constructed a slender dwelling wound around the trunk, high in the concealing branches.
     
Now the elves were gone, and a fugitive mage resided in the woodland spire.  The Southlander intended to collect his bounty.
     
The tracker scrutinized the rangy tree.  With no ladder or low branches, he wondered how he would ascend to the elevated entrance of the unnatural’s dwelling.
I would have the following sketch (please, control your laughter--it's for illustration purposes only!):


The sketch above is the imagery you can expect your readers to 'see' if they catch all of your descriptive text.  If this doesn't match the movie in your head, or something important is not shown, now is the time to fix it.

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Rabid Readers Reviews

I was preparing a post updating my progress in soliciting legitimate ebook reviews by independent bloggers.  Counting my sent e-mails last night, I found approximately 64 requests I've made since August.  Of these requests, I have not yet seen a review, though I've heard back from many that they're currently reading it, or it's in their queue.  Please note, this isn't a gripe or complaint; I understand these people have a backlog of requests and I appreciate anything that someone is doing for free.  I'm posting the information here so you, dear reader, have an idea what to expect should you do the same (Disclaimer:  individual results may vary).

However, upon checking my e-mail this morning, I found a Google Alert indicating Crimson & Cream had been reviewed  by Rabid Readers Reviews, who was actually not one of the 64 requests in my outbox.  Anyhow, I was surprised and delighted (and a little nervous to read the review).  So without further adieu, here's the link to Rabid Readers Reviews.  Don't worry--I'll wait.

Done reading the review?  If by any chance that entices you to read Crimson & Cream, there are four free copies available at OnlyIndie.  Or you're welcome to purchase a copy (for which I would be most grateful) at any of these fine retailers:

Barnes & Noble bn.com

November 2012 - Hello Reader of 4concpoesiaecsps, In the article you read this time with the title November 2012, We have prepared this article for you to read and retrieve information therein. Hopefully the contents of postings We write this you can understand. well, happy reading.

Title : Rabid Readers Reviews
link : Rabid Readers Reviews

Read Also


November 2012

I was preparing a post updating my progress in soliciting legitimate ebook reviews by independent bloggers.  Counting my sent e-mails last night, I found approximately 64 requests I've made since August.  Of these requests, I have not yet seen a review, though I've heard back from many that they're currently reading it, or it's in their queue.  Please note, this isn't a gripe or complaint; I understand these people have a backlog of requests and I appreciate anything that someone is doing for free.  I'm posting the information here so you, dear reader, have an idea what to expect should you do the same (Disclaimer:  individual results may vary).

However, upon checking my e-mail this morning, I found a Google Alert indicating Crimson & Cream had been reviewed  by Rabid Readers Reviews, who was actually not one of the 64 requests in my outbox.  Anyhow, I was surprised and delighted (and a little nervous to read the review).  So without further adieu, here's the link to Rabid Readers Reviews.  Don't worry--I'll wait.

Done reading the review?  If by any chance that entices you to read Crimson & Cream, there are four free copies available at OnlyIndie.  Or you're welcome to purchase a copy (for which I would be most grateful) at any of these fine retailers:

Barnes & Noble bn.com

Monday, November 5, 2012

StoryBundle - What is it?

StoryBundle is another interesting indie ebook site I've recently experimented with.  I'll give it the usual treatment below:

Website Name & Link:  StoryBundle

What it's About (in their own words):
StoryBundle is a way for people who love to read to discover quality indie books written by indie authors. You know how it's always hard to find something good to read? StoryBundle hopes to solve that.

We take a handful of books—usually about five or so—and group them together to offer as a bundle. Then you, the reader, can take a look at the titles we've chosen and decide how much you'd like to pay. Think of us like a friend that scours independent books for undiscovered gems, then bundles these titles together for one low price that you decide. Yeah, we mean it; you get to set the price that you want to pay!
How it Works:  Founded in early 2012, StoryBundle features indie authors from all different genres.  They choose authors and read the titles themselves, to ensure a level of quality in the books they bundle.  If you're an author with a book you'd like to have included in a bundle, you can e-mail StoryBundle with a request (which is what I did).  They e-mailed back requesting a mobi file to evaluate.  Now I'm waiting with my fingers crossed that I get included in a bundle.  I'll post here if I do.

StoryBundle has a great FAQ and a lot of neat features, like allowing the reader to 'pick your price' and donate a portion to charity, among other things. Regardless of the amount a bundle sells for, the author receives 70%.  Check it out when you have a chance.


November 2012 - Hello Reader of 4concpoesiaecsps, In the article you read this time with the title November 2012, We have prepared this article for you to read and retrieve information therein. Hopefully the contents of postings We write this you can understand. well, happy reading.

Title : StoryBundle - What is it?
link : StoryBundle - What is it?

Read Also


November 2012

StoryBundle is another interesting indie ebook site I've recently experimented with.  I'll give it the usual treatment below:

Website Name & Link:  StoryBundle

What it's About (in their own words):

StoryBundle is a way for people who love to read to discover quality indie books written by indie authors. You know how it's always hard to find something good to read? StoryBundle hopes to solve that.

We take a handful of books—usually about five or so—and group them together to offer as a bundle. Then you, the reader, can take a look at the titles we've chosen and decide how much you'd like to pay. Think of us like a friend that scours independent books for undiscovered gems, then bundles these titles together for one low price that you decide. Yeah, we mean it; you get to set the price that you want to pay!
How it Works:  Founded in early 2012, StoryBundle features indie authors from all different genres.  They choose authors and read the titles themselves, to ensure a level of quality in the books they bundle.  If you're an author with a book you'd like to have included in a bundle, you can e-mail StoryBundle with a request (which is what I did).  They e-mailed back requesting a mobi file to evaluate.  Now I'm waiting with my fingers crossed that I get included in a bundle.  I'll post here if I do.

StoryBundle has a great FAQ and a lot of neat features, like allowing the reader to 'pick your price' and donate a portion to charity, among other things. Regardless of the amount a bundle sells for, the author receives 70%.  Check it out when you have a chance.