Take Me Home! Writing on the go

I hate planes! I HATE FLYING! And I don’t care who knows it…

I’m headed back to Canada just in time for the cold weather, woo-hoo…

Thankfully the 9 hour flight was pretty tame and I was able to write a decent amount, around 4000 words. The rest of my flight time was spent reading, not a bad way to kill 9 hours after all!

What do you all use to write when you travel? I have been using my tablet and have found it quite convenient.

Also! All time favorite inflight book? Let me know in the comments~!

Time to board my connecting flight, I think it’s time for a nap…

Have a great week!

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Sunday Writer Roundup

Moongchi had a busy week full of questing, and I’m sure you did too!

What have you been reading this week? Did you write anything interesting? Work on any big projects? Let me know in the comments, I’d love to hear what everyone has been up to.

As for myself, I started reading The Way of Kings by Brandon Sanderson, it has been enthralling!

I’ve also finished the first draft of my fantasy short story Guardians of Elamor, I had a blast working on it, but there is still a lot of work and polishing left!

On the disappointing side of things, I’ve only managed to write 3000 words of my Stone Realm novel, which is well short of my weekly goal… I’ll need to be more diligent next week.

Let me know what you’ve all been up to this week,

Happy Sunday!

Analyzing Anger in Writing

Hello readers and writers,

A common mistake in amateur writing is the overuse of basic emotional tags;

She was angry. He was happy. They were scared. Boring!!

Not only is it dry and unclear, it is also lazy writing. We should always strive for clarity while we write, and using basic emotinal tags doesn’t cut it. Chosing clear words for our characters emotional state is important to insure understanding on the readers end.

Anger

For selfish reasons (A character of mine was particularly enraged during my last writing session), today’s post will be examining how we might better describe anger.

When expressing anger we need to know the how’s and why’s behind a characters emotional state. That way we can chose the correct manifestation of their anger. Let’s look at some examples:

Let’s say your protagonist is angry because his bumbling sidekick doesn’t understand the plan after countless explanations. Your protagonist may feel anger, but the more accurate emotion would be irritated.

Now what happens when the very same sidekick screwed up that plan, resulting in failure, injury, or loss of important equipment. Now a better way to express his anger would be to use infuriated.

Today’s takeaway

Refrain from mindlessly using angry. Always ask yourself what has made your character so cross, and express it with accuracy!

Here are some examples of specific anger tags:

  • Irritated
  • Infuriated
  • Frustrated
  • Furious
  • Enraged
  • Hateful
  • Betrayed
  • Resentment
  • Furious
  • Spiteful

That’s all for today, next time I would like to discuss hapiness. Any thoughts? Please share other useful anger tabs in the comments! I would love to hear your opinions or examples.

Happy writing!

Introduction and what to expect

Hello readers and writers!

I am an English teacher, hobbyist writer, and an avid bookworm. I am currently writing short stories and a novel in the Stone Realm (My Fantasy World). I would love to discuss writing, the fantasy genre, and books in general!

Things to expect from this blog:

  • Analysis of effective prose/dialogue
  • Book/chapter review/critics
  • Short stories from the Stone Realm
  • Information on the Stone Realm
  • And any suggested content!

Thank you for stopping by,

-Eric