Activate Your Story by Alicia Rasley

By Alicia Rasley

Readers at the present time wish interesting, fast paced, bright tales. So what do you do in the event that your tale simply limps alongside? those routines may also help turn on your tale and revitalize your prose-- with no ever wasting the voice and tone that make it your tale. this is often one of many tale inside of Booklets, and is principally valuable while revising a narrative draft.

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She was careful not to suggest the usual motions that show up all the time in books, lip-biting and foot-tapping and hair-handing. She really looked at the scene, and came up with actions that -- well, were active. That showed something. That caused something, however minor, to happen. For example, the scene opens with the best friend (Michael) reading a newspaper on a windy balcony. Pam read ahead and saw that the newspaper was going to be important-- the hero doesn't know it, but he is mentioned in an article.

It was in there just to show how ruthless he was. To set the tone. To show him in need of redemption. That might be great character description... but it's not action. Action has an effect. It changes the course of events. Now with that in mind, consider what you as a reader would expect with that opening. The hero dispatches two bandits in Chapter One. Nothing is said about it in Chapter Two, or Three, or Four.... What are you waiting for? The heroine turns out to be the bandits’ sister, out for revenge?

It's enough that he's up and moving, instead of floating in space the way passive characters so often do. When I come across a vague or dull verb, I check every synonym in the thesaurus until I hit on the one that sounds right. In most cases, I confine myself to the common words, because those are the word-actions that the reader will readily visualize. If I look hard enough, I can usually locate stronger verbs without sending the reader off to the dictionary. While you're leafing through the thesaurus, you might consider modifiers-- adverbs and adjectives.

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