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        01-12-2009, 10:30 AM
      #21
    Yearling
    I was only kidding and secondly it was an offer and not an order hahaha.. I more of strangely think of the idea that you have so much to explain how one should write books or novels or little stories and yet you have not tried it yourself. Perhaps you have not had a chance before?

    Anyhow, I like your writing skills and wish that one day I get to read one of your written books.

    To me writing is something which comes out naturally from within yourself at the right time. I cannot write something by forcing myself however when the right time comes I am sure I will end up with a book

    Many thanks

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        01-12-2009, 10:36 AM
      #22
    Super Moderator
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by claireauriga    
    "Writing something with symbolism and stuff"

    Yes, symbolism is a technique authors can use. But seriously, literary technique is not 'symbolism and stuff'. The more you know and understand about imagery, form, structure, and how language can be manipulated to create an effect, the better your writing will be.

    Next time you're reading something, try and see if you can detect ways in which the author's use of words creates a feeling, image, emotion or effect.
    Yep, but in fact many writings and other "arts" have deeper meanings than it would seem at a first sight (I'm talking about symbolic plots now, not symbolism as a writing tecnique). We studied to find those meanings in upper secondary school and now I find them everywhere even if I didn't want!

    I love the feeling of freedom that you get when you're writing. There's no limits like in a real life and you can order everything. And farmpony I woud say to you that write if you feel so. There's no rules how to write if you write just for yourself, not a intention of publication.
         
        01-12-2009, 10:37 AM
      #23
    Yearling
    How do you know I've never written anything? :) I write in lots of little ways but it's not stuff that I put out there for the whole world to see. Anything that's not a finished product is usually quite personal and I don't like sharing it.

    One of the things I do is when I'm intensely upset or angry, I try and remember to concentrate on how I feel physically at that point. Being able to give visceral descriptions of strong emotions is so much fun; it's so boring to say 'he was angry' and far more fun to say 'his skin was tingling, though his face felt hot and oddly numb; his back ached as the taut muscles tensed further, and every nerve felt as if it was burning'.

    Emotions can be played so well through physical sensation; skin, muscle and stomach are the ones that are probably the most evocative.
         
        01-12-2009, 10:40 AM
      #24
    Yearling
    Claire your writing definitely would make someone laugh or cry!

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        01-12-2009, 10:41 AM
      #25
    Yearling
    I'm also not above making immature jokes in my writing to make my friends snigger xD It all depends on the tone of the piece ...
         
        01-12-2009, 10:53 AM
      #26
    Yearling
    Understanding your book would be hard enough, let alone understanding mature jokes in the book. As you said, it all depends on the tone though I think to ease the tense situation in the book sometimes it is nice to add something immature. Something which could put a smile on someone's face.

    Like: 'his skin was tingling, though his face felt hot and oddly numb; his back ached as the taut muscles tensed further, and every nerve felt as if it was burning' but when his friend tapped on his shoulder and held his hand tightly, looking at him giving him a little smile, it all seemed to be calmed.

    Ok I am not a good writer though I can imagine the situation in my head! Hahaa.

    Regards
         
        01-12-2009, 10:54 AM
      #27
    Super Moderator
    In my opinion, one thing which can also help you to write vivdly is reading. Read a lot different texts and them show you how to deal with words.

    Quote:
    Originally Posted by claireauriga    
    Being able to give visceral descriptions of strong emotions is so much fun; it's so boring to say 'he was angry' and far more fun to say 'his skin was tingling, though his face felt hot and oddly numb; his back ached as the taut muscles tensed further, and every nerve felt as if it was burning'.
    That's so true
         
        01-12-2009, 10:59 AM
      #28
    Yearling
    Balancing tension is a very fun thing to do :) You have to develop, sustain, counter and release it juuuust right.

    There are so many tricks to play with that we could never list them all here. Everything from parallel phrasing to onomatopaeia to bathos to how you name your characters and the rhythm of your words ...

    Language is to do with your choice of words and the effect they create.
    Form is the way the words are put together and their style.
    Structure is the way everything is strung along, built up and moved around.

    Edit: Oh, and Jehanzeb - instead of telling the reader that someone became calm, how do you think you could show them?
         
        01-12-2009, 11:06 AM
      #29
    Yearling
    Not sure how to show one how to calm someone though I tried there, however "onomatopaeia to bathos" reminded me of Roman times

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        01-12-2009, 11:12 AM
      #30
    Yearling
    It's boring to say 'she calmed down'. It's far more interesting to say something that the reader will realise means the person calmed down.

    Water is often associated with calm; it opposes the idea of fiery anger and can be thematically linked to tranquility. Most people don't voice this, but they'll still instinctively understand it. So you could use water imagery to describe the calm, and continue the idea of depicting emotion through physical sensation: 'A gentle hand passed down his shoulders, washing cool relief through his limbs and dousing the burning bile in his stomach.'
         

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