E-4: Write a conversation without dialogue tags.
A writing sprint is an exercise designed to loosen you up and get the words flowing. Set your timer for thirty minutes and write. Don’t stop to think or take your fingers off the keys until the timer dings.
Just as movies use soundtracks to establish the mood of a scene, you can develop the feeling of your scene by listening to music as you write. So if you’re writing an adventure or an action scene, try listening to an upbeat song with a strong tempo. If it’s a sad scene, pick a melancholy tune. If you can’t write while listening to music, listen to the song for a few minutes before you sit down to write.
Ask my six-year-old for a bite of his ice cream and you’ll get a cold stare that could refreeze the polar caps. (Which is really what he should employ that skill for.) Oddly enough it’s when I ask him NOT to share that he’s all too happy to oblige with the opposite of my request. Kids! I should have prefaced this post with a warning. I’m loopy as all get out with a cold at the moment. My son wouldn’t share his ice cream, but aches and a cough are apparently the gift du jour. Continue reading