Monday, July 3, 2017
A few months ago, I offered a blog post of flower types for use in writing that seemed to go over well. I truly hope the flower types inspired you as writers, and that you were able to use the different kinds of flowers in your writing projects. To that end, I'd like to do a spin-off of that post by providing a list of tree types to use in writing. We've all come across a book or poem where the author just used the word "tree" without specifying type. We could use our imaginations to fill in the blanks, of course, but details help the reader settle into a scene a little better. For example, a specific tree might denote a certain area of the world (maple trees in New England or Canada, palm trees in Florida or California), or they might even evoke an emotion. A weeping willow does wonders just on name alone. Pine trees might remind a reader of the holidays, or better yet, the scent of the holidays. There is so much room to play around here, whether you're writing a novel or a short poem.
Below, please find a list of tree types to use in your writing. I hope these inspire you, and you mix and match trees, emotions, and story details to produce something awesome!
Need to get specific? Here are links to more trees:
In the comments, please let me know any other tree types that come to mind!
Saturday, May 13, 2017
Sometimes, a scene just needs some sparkle. When writing, we might often find ourselves searching for a sparkly something-or-other that will make a scene lively and bright. This list should help when searching for a glittering, sparkling word, so please use it in writing poetry, novels, and any other kind of writing. You might also take one word from the list and base a scene, freewriting session, or poem around it. As always, I hope the list helps you in your writing. Please don't hesitate to let me know how it goes or add to the list!
*** SPARKLE WORDS ***
- Gold Coins
- City Lights
- Emerald City
- Moonlight on Water
- Dewy Grass in the Sun
- Christmas Lights
- Nail Polish
- Gold Dust
- Raindrops on Leaves after a Sun Shower
Can you think of any other SPARKLE words? Please let me know in the comments!
Monday, May 8, 2017
Finally! With the book launch of Back to Blueberry Pond, I haven't had much time to work on my writing blog. I've missed it! Here is Part II of my special blog series: The Fragrant Cauldron: Using Unique Scents in Writing. This portion will cover scents from D-I, so please check back for more scents to come as I wind down the alphabet! As always, comments are welcome! I hope this list and this series of scents to use in writing helps your own writing. Perhaps they will inspire a story or poem of their own!
Don't forget to check out Part I of The Fragrant Cauldron series as well as my other posts on The Wizard of Writing Blog! Let me know if you think of any other scents from D-I!
Sunday, April 30, 2017
The Back to Blueberry Pond
Secret Tupperware Bowl Giveaway
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- Vintage Yellow Tupperware Bowl
- THREE SECRET items, tucked inside the bowl, that relate to the plot of BACK TO BLUEBERRY POND (these items best suited for a female)
- A signed print copy of BACK TO BLUEBERRY POND
- Postcard Promos
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(One ticket will be entered in the drawing).
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5. Winner will be chosen in a RANDOM drawing on May 30, 2017.
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Friday, March 31, 2017
Here is Part I of my list of scents to use in writing, A-C. Please check back soon for more, as I will continue this series of scents! I hope these inspire you, and you find ways to use them in your poetry and writing projects!
What other scents can you think of from A-C that might be useful in writing? Let me know in the comments!
Thursday, March 30, 2017
As writers, we're always looking to add sensory details to our projects. This pulls the reader further into the story and makes them part of the experience. Normally, we concentrate on what our characters see or hear, sometimes what they smell or even what they're eating. But one great use of sensory input that is often overlooked is the sense of touch through various textures. Writing about the soft smoothness of silk or the roughness of a brick wall has the ability to bring the reader right into the story through their own personal experience and senses. It can also make them feel pleasurable sensations or perhaps become repulsed by something unpleasant, such as a mouthful of dirt or sand.
Below, I've compiled a list of textures to use in writing. I hope you have fun with these and find ways to use them in your poetry, short stories, or book projects.
- Polished Stone
What other textures can you think of? Let me know in the comments!
Please check back tomorrow for my next Wizard of Writing blog post: The Fragrant Cauldron: Using Unique Scents in Writing—PART I
Friday, March 24, 2017
Throughout my life, music has been a soundtrack for special events and moments in time. It seems only fitting to apply my love of music to my love of writing and find inspiration through melody. Early on in my writing career, I found that music not only helped me when I was writing a manuscript draft or poetry, it also helped me away from my writing. Sitting on the couch, absorbed in a song through my headphones, my mind would form scenes and imagery. Characters ran during uptempo, they cried in downtempo. Plots sprung to mind listening to the voices of folk singers and their tales through song, and themes became apparent through soft new age music that let me reflect on my work.
Some of my favorite music to write to is new age, so I’m providing a few of the albums that have aided me in the past and currently. While everyone has different tastes in music, some of these albums should inspire you as well, particularly if you write about magic or life quests as I do. Most of these albums have no words, as I feel that during the actual writing process it’s difficult to concentrate with words, but you might feel differently. Some people thrive when writing amongst noise or even with music blaring! If this is you, it might be useful to make playlists of your favorite albums or songs to write to. Songs can even inspire characters—edgy characters might fully form after listening to hard rock/alternative music for example.
Without further ado, here is a list of albums that might be helpful to you as a writer. Listen while writing, or while away from writing, and I do hope these songs inspire you!
1. Medwyn Goodall
Always a favorite, Medwyn Goodall's music is ethereal and uplifting. Very good for writing magic.
2. Gary Stadler
These are some of my favorite albums to write to, especially when it comes to writing fantasy and magic genres. Some of my favorite albums are: Deep Within a Faerie Forest, Fairy Heart Magic, Fairy Lullabies, Fairy Nightsongs, and Fairy of the Woods.
3. Nox Arcana
For horror writers, you really can't do better than the music of Nox Arcana. Dark, mysterious, and gothic, Nox Arcana is the best out there for macabre writing music.
So you like to write about witches. This is definitely one of the best new age albums as far as music with very little lyrics and witchy themes.
If you follow my blog, you know I like colors. Colour Healing by Llewellyn covers every color of the rainbow through song. It's a fun album with no lyrics and it should inspire writing.
6. David Arkenstone
Pretty much everything by David Arkenstone is perfect for background music while writing, although some songs do have lyrics. He has way too many albums to list here, but some of my favorites include Atlantis, The Fairy Garden, Loveren, and Snowfall. This music will definitely take you away to other worlds.
7. Secret Garden
Many people are familiar with Secret Garden or have listened to them while growing up. These are beautiful and sometimes melancholy melodies that I guarantee will put you in another emotional state.
8. Christopher Caouette
I had the pleasure of emailing with Christopher Caouette a few years back after writing about his music on my website. This is perfect music to write to if you're writing fantasy, dragons, or sword and sorcery books.
Soft, moving music to have in the background when you don't want anything too obtrusive.
10. Carolyn Fazio
I include this one for sentimental purposes. Enchanted World is the first new age music I remember writing to with my first manuscript, so many years ago. I barely remember it, except to say I had this fountain with lights that would turn different colors, and I used to run that in conjunction with this CD and write while everyone else in the world was out having fun in the summer. I don't think Carolyn Fazio has other CDs, but Enchanted World, to me, is a memorable classic.
What are some of the songs and albums you listen to while writing? Let me know in the comments!