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Two Book Give Away--Contest Ends 10/15/09
Winner Announced: Kayla! See post below for full details!


Melissa Rose

What Do You Listen To When You Write?

Sunday, May 6, 2007

I love it when this happens!

So there I was, cramming about 45 minutes of writing time in before work yesterday, really enjoying writing Mynasthoa, and it happened.

I was clicking along nicely, enjoying the scene and thinking 'wow this is fitting together really well' when I stopped to check the use of a semi-colon and that turned into a quick reread of the paragraph I just finished. It's good I though to myself But there needs to be some dialogue in here to break up the monotony of description and action. It's not a silent film after all. The problem was, he was by himself and I didn't want to change that. So after several attempts at letting him ''think'' about where he found himself and some introspection, I decided to let him talk to himself instead and even that wasn't really working all that well until he called out for his pupil. That was enlightening because 1) I didn't know he had pupil and 2) I didn't know that he needed a pupil.

By having just that little bit of one sided dialogue where he's calling out for Elias (this is one name that I didn't especially pick/check behind the name/agonize over) not only did I break up the description of the scene but it intensified because Elias doesn't answer. It was just one of those ''sweet'' moments that I savor. Everything just came together, all the things I've learned, all the points I wanted to make, and I even got a good 'test response' from a coworker when I read it to them. She wants to know more---and even said that I was being very unfair and she expected me to give her more to read this week.

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Poll Results

What Do You Notice First About A Book?
RESULTS! Closed 11/11/09

My attention's always grabbed by the cover-53%

I look on the spine for the author's name-6%

The thicker books are the one that grab my notice-26%

I open the book up to the middle and burry my nose in the pages, sniffing. Scent is important-0%

I flip the book over, ignore the cover and the spine and get to the book blurb-13%

Pick Your Weapon! RESULTS! Closed-11/03/09

Hand and Half Sword-16%
Long Bow-25%
Pen-25 %

What Kind of Fan Are You? RESULTS! Closed-10/22/09

Shy. I like reading books but I don't want to meet the authors-15%

Avid. I've read everything my favorite author has written!-38%

Curious. I've e-mailed my favorite author or left comments on the blog and asked them questions-38%

What Kind of Word Smith Are You? RESULTS!-Closed 10/15/09

I focus on setting-22%
I focus on dialogue-22%
I focus on action-22%
I focus on characters-33%

What Kind of Reader Are You? RESULTS!-Closed 10/07/09

I try and guess where the story is going to go-44%
I read the book and think how I would have written it differently-0%
I race through the story, riding the words like a rollarcoaster-22%
I race through the book and then go back and read my favorite parts again and again-33%

What Kind of Writer Are You? RESULTS!

Character first--1%
Plot First--4%
Balanced Between Plot and Character--5%
All Over The Place--5%

So All Over The Place and Balanced Between Plot and Character tie for the win! All I can say is that there must be some wicked stories out there. I can't wait to read them!

Scribe is Listening to:


Chronicles of Narnia Prince Caspian Sound Track.

Books on CD: The Moving Finger Read by Martin Jarvis. Original story by: Agatha Christie

Scribe is Reading:

I am? COOL!

I'm apparently referring to myself in the third person too. Go figure.


Nightmare's Edge by: Bryan Davis

The Invention of Hugo Cabert (Caldecott Book) by: Brian Selzinck-FINISHED. Mind blowing! Every storyteller should read this book.

FEARLESS by: Max Lucado-FINISHED. Excellent!

NLT Chronological 24/7 Bible paperback
NASB Online at Bible Gateway


Psalm 49

Psalm 49
A Psalm of Repentance

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I tell stories all day long. Some with my pen, some with my keyboard and if you can find me, buy me a coffee and I'll tell you one too!