ReBlog – How To Write Character Emotion: ANGER



Anger is a killing thing: it kills the man who angers, for each rage leaves him less than he had been before–it takes something from him.” ~Louis L’amour

According to Webster’s Dictionary, anger is: “a feeling of displeasure and hostility resulting from injury, mistreatment, opposition, etc.”

Synonyms include: animosity, annoyance, antagonism, exasperation, fury, hatred, indignation, ire, rage, and violence.

Even with a brief look at quotes, definitions and synonyms, it’s easy to see that anger has many sides. There’s a big difference between someone who is annoyed and someone enraged.

So how do we write anger to show these differences?

The easy way out is to tell: “Jim was angry.” Ho-hum.

The next easy way out is to express anger in tired cliches: mad as an old wet hen, mad as a hornet, etc. Double ho-hum.

Even when using body language and facial expression, it’s easy to fall back on tried and true phrases: yelling, slamming doors, pounding fists, lips drawn into a thin line (one of the big hangups in my own writing).

With anger, other emotions often come into play, as the definition and synonyms above suggest.

Discussion Question #1: What other emotions do you see as being part of anger?

Source: How To Write Character Emotion: ANGER | BlogHer

ReBlog – How To Drive Traffic To Your Blog – Part 3

ReBlog – We could all use more traffic.

Last week we began our study of ways to drive traffic to your blog.

Today I want to focus in on how to get the word out that you have a blog everyone needs to check out!Here are a few things I’ve learned:

Blog Catalogs

You will notice several little buttons in the sidebar of WordVessel, close to the bottom of the screen. (Aren’t they cute? I call them my button collection.)

Source: How To Drive Traffic To Your Blog – Part 3 | BlogHer

ReBlog – How To Write Character Emotion: Contentment

ReBlog – I love helpful info.

Ahh…contentment. There’s nothing quite like it.

Let’s dig into it with our brains and see if we can find fresh ways to convey it on the page.

Synonyms: satisfaction, gratification, happiness, pleasure, peace, ease, serenity, comfortI happen to believe that there are degrees of contentment. Here’s how I’ve categorized it (from mildest to strongest): happiness, ease, comfort, pleasure, peace, gratification, serenity, satisfaction

Source: How To Write Character Emotion: Contentment | BlogHer

ReBlog – How To Write Character Emotion: DESIRE

ReBlog – Some more helpful insight.

DISCLAIMER: This is NOT a racy post!! Rated G–I promise!

Synonyms: craving, longing, yearning, need, wish, passion for, want, hunger

Degrees of Desire (from weakest to strongest)IMHO: wish, want, need, longing, yearning, passion for, craving, hunger

Source: How To Write Character Emotion: DESIRE | BlogHer

ReBlog – How To Write Character Emotion: Guilt & Shame

ReBlog – Another installment of the how to show emotion posts.

New emotional food for thought: Are guilt and shame the same thing? Is it possible to feel one without the other? Do we ever “get over” shame and guilt? What’s the dividing line between the two? Are there some people who only feel these emotions when they get caught?

Synonyms: disgrace, self-disgust, humiliation, degradation, dishonor, infamy, remorse, self-abomination, embarrassment, mortification, chagrin, unworthiness, contempt, disrespect, debasement, disappointment

Dictionary Definitions:

Source: How To Write Character Emotion: Guilt & Shame | BlogHer

ReBlog – 7 Reasons Why Your Novel’s Beginning Is So Critical

ReBlog – So useful to us new authors struggling to get it.

I recently had the honor of being named as a finalist in the ACFW Genesis contest, and had two days in which to make changes to my entry to resumbit for the finals.

Thatwas a tense two days, as I agonized over every word, every sentence andevery paragraph (and for that matter–every comma). My entry consistedof a one-page, single-spaced synopsis and the first fifteen pages of my manuscript.

Source: 7 Reasons Why Your Novel’s Beginning Is So Critical | BlogHer

ReBlog – My Top 20 Editing Checklist

ReBlog – I’m taking part in a blog challenge during the month of April hosted by ProBlogger. It’s called “31 Days To A Better Blog,” and one of the challenges for this week is to have a list post.

Since I’m always looking to improve my writing skills, I decided that my list post is going to be my editing checklist.

The great thing about this checklist is I can use it for other things besides my own writing. I can use it when I read a book for review or when I critique other writers. Here’s my list–hope you can find a way to use it as well.

1. First ChaptersDoes the beginning of the story:

Source: My Top 20 Editing Checklist | BlogHer

ReBlog – How To Write Character Emotion: CURIOSITY


Is curiosity an emotion, or is it a state of mind—part of the intellect?

Just curious…Synonyms: inquisitiveness, interest, questioning (think about a child), prying, snoopiness, intrusiveness, nosiness, intrigue

Once again, I believe there are degrees of curiosity, but this time from the synonyms that have a positive slant to those that are more negative: desire to learn, inquisitiveness, intrigue, interest, questioning, intrusiveness, snoopiness, nosiness, prying

Quote: “Curiosity is lying in wait for every secret.” ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

Ideas For Writing Curiosity:

Source: How To Write Character Emotion: CURIOSITY | BlogHer

ReBlog – How To Drive Traffic To Your Blog – Part 2


Here’s the second part of “How To Drive Traffic To Your Blog.”

BREAK YOUR CONTENT INTO MORE THAN ONE POSTI did this in yesterday’s post, but I didn’t do it merely to get you back here today. Posts that are too long tend to turn readers off. Not all content will allow you to do this, but some will. Take advantage of it.

I also leave a preview at the bottom of each post, to let readers know what’s coming up next.

Source: How To Drive Traffic To Your Blog – Part 2 | BlogHer

ReBlog – How To Drive Traffic To Your Blog – Part 1


We all enter into the world of blogging for different reasons.

For some it is a place to share thoughts and opinions. For others it is a source of income. For yet others it is an outlet of creative expression, or maybe an attempt to educate and influence others.

Whatever your reason for blogging, we all have something in common. We want our message to be heard.

The only way to accomplish that is by increasing traffic to your blog.

How to do that? Let me share with you a few things I’ve learned in my past few months of blogging.

Source: How To Drive Traffic To Your Blog – Part 1 | BlogHer