One of the common problems I see with how authors show emotion in their manuscripts is that they confuse the guidelines for showing viewpoint characters’ emotions with the guidelines for showing non-viewpoint characters’ emotions. This is important because how we show emotion in writing depends a great deal upon whose emotion we’re showing.
For those of us who make scrap quilts finding enough scraps, in enough variety, is a big deal! When we find the scraps we need we hoard them, sleep with them, and guard them…or get a friendly feline friend to guard them for us.
It takes a long time to collect enough scraps, with enough range in color, texture, and value to create a scrap quilt if our only source of scraps is from our own sewing. While I personally save all of my scraps over an inch square for quilting and I save scraps and trimmings smaller than that for stuffing cat beds, I wouldn’t have near the quantity or variety of scraps necessary to make a scrap quilt, let alone multiple scrap quilts from my scraps alone. Which brings us to the important question of where to get scraps for scrap quilts.
I first purchased this fabric and cut out the quilt pieces two or three years ago. I made a couple of blocks but got sidetracked with other quilt projects and let this one languish in a bin for a while. I’ve always liked it though and yesterday took it out and made a few more blocks. Having worked on it again, I now remember why I bought the fabrics. The floral is beautiful up close. It has lots of bright cheerful colors…bright pink, lighter pink, bright gold, yellow, and orange. There’s a bright, cheerful, enthusiasm to the fabrics that made me happy as I was working on it again.
Though I’ve been quietly in the background puttering and haven’t posted much…and it seems…even to me…like a slow start to 2017 there is a lot that is percolating. Lots of new quilt and sewing projects and I’m even embracing some new to me crafts which I think will be fun.
The things we wrote in the book planning binder defines a character who has certain parameters. But when you put her in motion…make her take actions, and then put other people in the scene and make her react to the actions that they take you begin to learn more about her. She’s still mousy haired. She still prefers cats to people. She still doesn’t feel worthy of participating in society, of having friends. But now you move one step deeper. How does someone who prefers cats to people, who doesn’t feel worthy of participating in society, of having friends, react when she is face to face with someone who needs her help? What motivates that action? What thought? What feeling? What belief? Showing this on the page, by showing her specific mental or emotional experience allows the full essence of who she is at the deepest level to come through and be fully visible and fully understandable to the reader.
If you’ve been tempted to try a Yellow Highlighter Class check out what other participants are saying and register for the July 2017 class now.
Now that I’ve given away most of the gifts I have for this year I am feeling at once a sense of calm and peace, but also an eagerness to dive into next year. I think one of the things we will be doing more of this year are the family gatherings with a crafting focus. It’s fun to see the younger generation picking up that tradition and it’s fun for the older generation to pick it up again too. Crafting makes a nice focus to form a gathering around.
Last Monday was shipping day! Finally!
Shipping day seems like a day that I work toward for a long time – much the way I usually work all year making things for Christmas. I’d be dishonest if I said that I don’t feel a bit of the same let down that I typically feel after Christmas…after all of the gifts for the season are exchanged…and the excitement of imagining the receiver’s pleasure in their gifts has passed and it’s simply time to start again on the next year’s gifts.
Though it seems like June of 2017 is a long ways off it is just around the corner and will be here before we are ready. With that in mind, it’s time to register for the June 2017 Yellow Highlighter Class.
I’ve been teaching a class for OIRW about deep point of view during November. We’re now nearing the end of the class and I’m going over excerpts from participants’ works in progress as part of the class. One of the things that has come up in going over the excerpts is how to best handle memories in fictional writing, so I thought I’d talk a little bit about that for this blog post.
Though I really should not start anything new I happened upon the Scrap Dance Waltz – Quilt Along over at From My Carolina Home and just cannot pass it up. Cutting instructions are given for both the scrappy version above and a red/green Christmas colored version.