Surprise! Today’s blog is on wrangling time, not words. But don’t stop reading!
I added examples from an ARC of THE DIRT ON NINTH GRAVE, by NYT Bestseller, and Immersion-Grad, Darynda Jones.
I bet you’ll agree, the examples are super-stellar!
I promise to keep the wrangling time part of the blog short. You’ll get to the fun examples soon!
Power Punch Your 15 Minutes!
What could you do in 15 minutes? Here’s a starter list of easy power-punch items:
Want to dig deeper?
Writers who’ve taken my Defeat Self-Defeating Behaviors class posted 30 to 40 writing-related things they could do in 15 minutes. Add to your list.
How to Power Punch Your 15 Minutes!
Where do you have to go?
When will you have 15+ minutes of downtime?
If you have feedback from critique that you haven’t had a chance to review – put it in your folder too.
Grab your laptop or iPad.
Where you can Power Punch Your 15 Minutes!
-- In Waiting Areas – doctor, dentist, hair stylist, the tire place, motor vehicle registration. You could write half a book there!
-- In Restaurants – waiting for friends
-- While Running Errands – Give yourself bonus productive time. Sit in your car or a coffee shop.
-- At home – Between household tasks. Before you make a phone call. Before you fix a meal. After you exercise.
The Trick to Power Punching Your 15 Minutes!
Focus. Focus. Focus.
What if you’re mega-stressed?
What if you’re over-whelmed and you absolutely cannot fathom focusing on anything writing-related?
Get your body moving. Stretch or exercise.
You’ll boost your mood and your creativity.
BTW, that last sentence used a rhetorical device called zeugma.
Here’s your reward for reading about wrangling time.
---- Holding back laughter, amplified with a fun simile, and showing what’s not happening, amplified four times. Fresh writing. Compelling cadence.
---- Short and powerful and fresh! Metaphor. Compelling cadence.
---- Visceral response, amplified. Power words. Short, punchy sentences. Fresh writing. Compelling cadence.
---- Visceral recovery, two hits. Second one amplified twice, last time with a frag. Compelling cadence.
---- Short and powerful and fresh! Compelling cadence.
---- Four amplifications for awareness: hummed, pulsed, throbbed, fear, desire. All are power words. Backloaded. Fresh writing. Compelling cadence. Rhetorical Device: asyndeton.
---- Used an amplified dialogue cue as a stimulus for a visceral response. Humor hits! Fresh writing. Compelling cadence.
---- Flicker Face Emotion, amplified multiple times: almost unreadable, sadness, disappointment. Fresh writing. Compelling cadence.
9. His expression softened, and his dark gaze flitted over my face with such appreciation, such admiration, my heart ached for him. But there was also a wariness, and I realized he didn’t know what I was thinking.
---- Expression, amplified twice, used as a stimulus for her reaction, followed by another amplification that carried news-of-a-difference, interpreted. Fresh writing. Compelling cadence.
---- Proxemics-based simile, amplified five times. Humor hit! Fresh writing. Compelling cadence.
Books by Darynda Jones always wow me!
The Dirt on Ninth Grave will be released January 5th.
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