Add Body Language to Your Writing

And Do It Subtly

By Annette Rey

You can read online articles and books about the craft of writing, attend writing workshops, speak with other writers, take writing courses, and all of that I suggest you do. But, what about those other moments in your life when you are sitting quietly and idly pick up a non-writing related book? How can you make those books writing-useful?

Perusing through the book Body Language by Dr. Glenn Wilson, it occurred to me how we writers can make use of information packed in practical books. As I read the material, my mind began creating lively and descriptive sentences for character interaction. We can insert meaning, motive, love, hate, regret, attraction, and more – and do so subtly – just by mentioning a character move, a raised eyebrow, a one-sided smile…

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Writers, Are You Stuck?

Awareness and Attitude

By Annette Rey

I came across this piece of profound wisdom and want to share it with writers and any person trying to maneuver through life’s journey.

When you need a lifeline, you need a reminder like this.

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Quotes and Authors Match Game

Peek Inside the Minds of Famous Authors

By Annette Rey

Writers work hard and need a break. Let’s have some fun with a writer’s related word game of some thought-provoking quotes. One statement on the list was said by an author’s main character. Two of the statements were said by one author.

The authors are: Dashiell Hammett, William Faulkner, Edgar Allen Poe, Agatha Christie, Mark Twain, and James Thurber

Answers at the end – no peeking!

1) I remained too much inside my head and ended up losing my mind.

2) Imagination is a good servant and a bad master

3) An author values a compliment even when it comes from a source of doubtful competency.

4) Words have no power to impress the mind without the exquisite horror of their reality.

5) Don’t get it right; just get it written.

6) I feel like a wet seed wild in the hot blind earth.

7) I have not killed anyone. They will not let me.

Just a bit of interesting trivia – Have you ever wondered about the unusualness of Dashiell Hammett’s name? Dashiell was the maiden name of his mother. I read somewhere that he didn’t like it having been given him. And that is strange because his real first name was Samuel, yet he chose to go by Dashiell. He served in both WWI and WWII and is buried in Arlington Cemetery.

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Alan Bradley Books

Books for Readers and Writers

By Annette Rey

I know it’s not possible to know everything, but I think it’s a shame a lifetime can go by and a person can miss so much. I only just came across this author who has been writing for decades. And I wouldn’t have found him except for a fluke (see my post Writers, Go to Your Library).

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Writers, Go to Your Library

Six Reasons to Digitally Connect to Your Local Library

By Annette Rey

I love books – books I can hold, books I can smell, pages I can turn. I even take joy in categorizing them and lining them on shelves. I enjoy looking at the titles on their spines, and they seem to watch me from their lofty perches as I remember discovering their delectable secrets that revealed themselves as I lightly tiptoed, and sometimes hungrily dashed forward, through their words.

I didn’t think I could enjoy reading books on an electronic device, but the ease and convenience of acquiring reading material won me over. There are other reasons to give this a try, specifically as related to retrieving books from your local library through apps designed for any device.

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Unusual Writing Prompt #1

For Flash Fiction or Short Story

By Annette Rey

I’m starting a new series of posts based on breaking writer’s block with exercises using an unusual approach.

Do you need a quick-start writing idea that is unusual and challenging? You can make this exercise as involved and as long as you like. Or you can hover around the idea and write a short flash fiction.

Here’s how to begin:

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Workshop “Earn Six Figures as an Indie Author” – Angie Fox


By Annette Rey

Yesterday I posted a message to you, my readers, explaining a recent absence from my site, telling you I am going through some sad times. And while I have not been posting, I have not completely shut down. During this period of time, I have continued to push toward my writing goals. One of the things I have done is attend a workshop and I’d like to share the experience with you.

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