Tuesday, September 18, 2012

3T Writing Tidbit

I've been published since 2009 but I've been writing for a lot longer. Over the years I've accumulated various items of wisdom from all over. Third Tuesday Writing Tidbit will showcase these items one at a time in no particular order.

Create reality through disparate images.

This applies to everything from theme to concrete settings to distinctive characters to interesting titles.

The thing that gives us depth perception is two eyes seeing slightly different images. Stereo helps pinpoint where a sound is. Motion is created by change in position through time. The easiest way to set up interest is direct opposites--he's a vampire, she's a vampire hunter. Another way is two halves joined to make a third thing--Nitro? Meet glycerin. Yet another is to show different people handling the same concept--Junior's idea of home isn't the same as Glynn's, and neither has the same as Dorothy.


  1. Hmm...interesting advice Mary...definitely has given me something to think about. Thanks!

  2. Thanks Stephanie! Great to the ideas get flowing :)