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Sunday, June 11, 2023

Right brain or left brain?

cj Sez: I’m a visual person (is that a right brain or a left brain thing?), and that shows up like screenplay scenes in my writing. Scenes and dialogue are the least complicated for me to write.


  I enjoy working to create details that permit my readers to visualize where the characters are and what they are seeing. I do try to keep my details sparse and incorporated into the flow of the scene’s action. I.E., I don’t tell the reader the office is small and crowded. I’ll let the character do that by having her desk chair bump against the wall when she stands up or spins around to retrieve a document from her printer that’s sitting atop the three-drawer file cabinet near her left elbow. 

  By the by, my scenes also incorporate at least one of the five senses—sight, smell, sound, taste, touch—as well as journalism’s five “Ws” who, what, when, where, and why. I also add the “H”: how. 


  Writing dialogue is another favorite. I especially like it when I can create almost an entire scene with dialogue and need to use only one “said” tag because I’m able to create a movement/beat for the speaker.  This works especially well for me when there are only two characters, and with a little bit of finessing, can also work with three. How do I make it real? I read it out loud.

  Dealing with personal introspection/emotions/internal dialogue is more difficult for me since I “see” the action in my stories, something akin to watching a movie in my head. Narrative doesn’t exist in movies unless there’s a voice-over, so I tend to use very little of it.

  I’ve been told and I do understand I need more narrative in my novel, so I have to work on expanding my use of internal dialogue.

 Okay, I’ve confessed. Now it’s your turn. What is your writing strength or weakness?


  That's Biscuit over there peeking out from under my monitor, making sure I'm still working.


Book Review

  I spent most of last week reading best-selling author Susan Yawn Tanner’s Storm Out of Texas book 3 of her Bellamys of Texas series. I have to tell you, I really connected to the characters, the emotion Susan brings to the story, and the continuous action.

  When the pain of losing his wife still “threatened to bring him to his knees” even a year after her death, Ford Bellamy knows he can’t spend another winter in a place that holds so many precious memories. He pulls up stakes and takes a stage coach Westward through Indian and road bandit territory in search of a new life for himself and McKenna, the infant daughter his wife never got to hold.

  Along the dangerous journey, passengers with their own life stories get on and off the coach, some to stay where they are, some to die. Ford is attracted to the beautiful and betrothed young woman who volunteers to care for McKenna when he must face and mete out death. What he doesn’t know is that the same may be waiting for her and for him at the end of the journey.

P.S. It’s free on kindle Unlimited… 


  That’s it for this week’s post. You-all guys keep on keeping on, and I’ll try to do the same. Raising prayers for a happy and safe summer…with lots of time for reading!


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