Monthly Archives: March 2024

Season Your Writing

By Terry C. Misfeldt

The only way you could put paprika on your writing is if you printed your work, laid it on a table, and got out the paprika. Same with salt, pepper, garlic powder, or some other spice. What we’re sharing is how to spice up your story with a season of the year.

Winter, especially in northern climes, creates numerous opportunities for stories. It can mean snowmobiling and perhaps running out of gas in the middle of a forest or finding a secluded spot in the woods you’d never find without a snow machine.

A heavy snowfall could isolate a community and draw neighbors closer together as they deal with food shortages and heating issues. It can add intrigue to your story and make life difficult for characters, or enable them to have fun like making snow creatures or starting snowball fights.

The point here is to think about the time of year you’re dealing with in your story. Winter and cold temperatures mean your characters must dress more warmly or cozy up to a crackling fire. Summer means warmer temperatures and less clothing or spending time at the beach or poolside with a sweet iced tea.

Fall can be about football, trees blossoming with colored leaves, leaves rustling on the dry ground, or school swinging back into session. Walks in the woods arm-in-arm with a loved one is romantic in autumn, as is spring and the budding of trees and flowers.

If you have a favorite season, consider employing what you like most about the time of year in your story…maybe as how one of your characters shares your perspective as their own. And, perhaps, one of your antagonists may despise that same season you love and triggers that character’s animosity toward your protagonist. Maybe…

Celebrate Your Uniqueness

By Terry C. Misfeldt

Every one of us is unique in our own way. You may be a Type A with variations of your other personality traits. You may be someone who just wants to do their job and go home to enjoy peace and quiet.

As a writer, that unique nature you bring to writing must be celebrated. Your writing should reflect how you feel…or how you want to feel about your characters, settings, and words in general. How do you see a forest of trees in spring? Fall? Winter? Your perspective is yours alone, so describe how you feel about what you see.’

Your eyes, your brain, and your writing style are yours alone. Sure, you may follow the style of a writer you admire but you are not them! You are you. Who is that person? Why do you write the way you do?

There are–basically–two people you write for: One is the reader you want to reach and entertain, inform, educate, scare, or merely amuse. Get to know that person as much as you can. The second person is you. You must be satisfied with the words you write. Remember, you’re the only person who can write those words. It is your thought process that brings them out and puts them into your computer, your journal, or that spiral notebook you use to craft your writing.

Just be you.