Big topic but an interesting one. The topic was suggested and this was the theme. Sometimes find myself writing down turns of phrase like:
She had to be the sexiest-looking 42-year-old on the planet, the best that money could buy.
Is this a positive or a negative when you read a book? How can such statements be used to describe character?
Honestly, when I read something like that, if it’s from 1940, maybe 1950, it fits within the era. I smile and enjoy the description. It’s usually from a PI about a client or a woman in a bar.
If it’s contemporary, I read it but it pulls me out of the book. Wording choice has to be relevant to the genre, the era, and the time frame. It’s important to use words to grab he readers and hook theme to the character but it has to relate to the reader.
For me, building a character is my challenge. I love to develop a plot, but the character something that will resonate with a reader, drives the plot. So, I have to use words to develop a character. I try to use words that will grab a reader and my editor won’t cut. They need to be descriptive, evocative, and something a reader can imagine in their mind.
I’m looking forward to seeing what the other authors have to say.Skye Taylor http://www.skye-writer.com/blogging_by_the_sea
Marci Baun http://www.marcibaun.com/blog/
Margaret Fieland http://margaretfieland.wordpress.com
Victoria Chatham http://victoriachatham.blogspot.ca
Dr. Bob Rich http://wp.me/p3Xihq-OB
Rachael Kosinski http://rachaelkosinski.weebly.com/
Judith Copek http://lynx-sis.blogspot.com/
Helena Fairfax http://www.helenafairfax.com
A.J. Maguire http://ajmaguire.wordpress.com/
Rhobin Courtright http://www.rhobinleecourtright.com