3 Tips On Describing Eyes In A Story

This is such a timely post. I am studying my craft, especially at my weakest point: description. Thank you so much for this post and the link to a more lengthy, detailed exposition. Reblogged from https://nicholasrossis.wordpress.com

Nicholas C. Rossis

NowNovel recently posted a great post on how to describe eyes in a story. As they point out, many beginning authors over-rely on eye color to create an impression of their characters, but this is merely a first step. Instead, you can follow these tips to create a memorable description:

1. Make a characters’ eyes a source of contrast

Drawing of a character's eye by Marigona Toma Drawing of an eye by Marigona Toma. Source: pinterest.com/pin/390124386447098306/

As any trip to the local coffee shop will tell you, people’s appearances are often full of contrasts. The man with the big, ruddy face might have small, delicate hands. The woman with the angelic face may have a trucker’s hoarse voice. And so on. One way to describe characters’ eyes effectively is to use them to create contrast.

This can be particularly effective if the contrast is used to highlight a character’s “third dimension” – ie what makes them non-stereotypical…

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Walking on Frozen Baikal, The Deepest and Oldest Lake on Earth

Astonishing photographs by someone who obviously doesn’t mind the cold. The legend of Baikal Lake is shared along with the photographs and some very brave people who camp on the frozen lake. Reblogged from https://alk3r.wordpress.com


According to photographer Kristina Makeeva: “Baikal is impressive. It’s the deepest and the cleanest lake on Earth. When we were planning a trip, we didn’t even suspect it is so wonderful, majestic and fairy. We were raptured over its beauty so much, that we almost didn’t sleep all 3 days we were here.”

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Authors Answer 116 – Writing the Opposite Sex

More help for writers. This post is about writing a gender different from your own, or writing from the perspective of something other than human. Interesting post. Reblogged from https://ireadencyclopedias.wordpress.com

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Authors need to write from many different points of view. Men, women, children, and even animals or other non-human characters. It makes sense that a male author can write a male character more easily, and likewise, a female author can write a female character. But what about writing the opposite sex?

320px-Modern-ftn-pen-cursiveQuestion 116: What’s the most difficult thing about writing characters from the opposite sex?

Beth Aman

Hmm, I’m not sure. I haven’t done it much, partially because I don’t want to get it wrong. But it’s something I’m trying out in my new WIP so it’ll be interesting to see how it goes.

Cyrus Keith

The first thing is to remember that although there are differences, they aren’t as drastic as you might think. Not all women are crazy about pink. Not all of them are aware of the way they walk, and all women are NOT damsels in…

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Want to Write Great Fiction? Stop Using the “Logical” Side of Your Brain

Here is some good writing advice on connecting with yourself to see what works, using some guidelines from other writers/coaches, and in the end, doing it your way. No magic formulas. Reblogged from https://ryanlanz.com

A Writer's Path


by Lauren Sapala

Every morning when I open my inbox a landslide of emails from the online writing community pour out. Blog posts, newsletters, classes and programs and retreats. And then I jump on social media and the wave continues: Advice and instructions on character development, plotting your plot, finessing the end and then going back to that first page and polishing your opening hook until it sparkles and shines and catches the eye of every agent with an email address.

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EDITING 101: 21 – Plotting…

Writers’ Alert: Help for plotting your novel is here. Reblogged from https://thestoryreadingapeblog.com

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Originally posted as the Dun Writin’—Now Whut? series on this blog, EDITING 101 is a weekly refresher series for some of you and brand new for others.

Courtesy of Adirondack Editing


Some authors are meticulous plotters, outlining their book carefully. Others are called “pantsers” because they “fly by the seat of their pants,” letting the story and the characters take them where they want to go. Many authors use a combination of these two styles, but this post deals with the plotters.

Keeping track of what’s going on in your book can be hard work! Especially if you have multiple plotlines, it is easy to get confused as to what’s already been discussed or revealed and what still needs to stay hidden. Even if your book is completely written and finished, your beta readers or editor may find loose ends that you haven’t tied up.

There are many different techniques to…

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20 Sunken Ships People Forgot About

A gallery of sunken ships, some well-known, many not well at all. Stunning photographs of the decay that awaits everything on this earth–eventually. Reblogged from https://alk3r.wordpress.com


Once upon a time, those mighty brigantines and proud galleons scoured the seas, but now they are underwater, quietly dreaming about vast horizons, deadly storms, lively harbors, and beautiful islands. Oh, the tales they could tell!

Today we welcome you aboard on some of the most mysterious sunken ships. Ready to risk your life and take a walk among ghosts and mermaids? Ahoy!

The sunken barge, British Columbia

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Batavia: The Historic Dutch Ship And its Blood-Curdling History

Another great piece of history about ships, this one from the Netherlands. Reblogged from https://alk3r.wordpress.com



Moored at Bataviawerf, in Lelystad, in the Netherlands, is an authentic replica of a 17th-century ship named Batavia that once belonged to the Dutch East India Company. The replica was created by master-shipbuilder Willem Vos, who carries an extraordinary mission

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Vasa: A 17th Century Warship That Sank, Was Recovered and Now Sits in a Museum

What an amazing piece of Switzerland’s history. For lovers of history and ships, this is a must see. Reblogged from https://alk3r.wordpress.com


In 1628, the Swedish warship Vasa set off on its maiden voyage from Stockholm harbor towards Poland, where a war was raging in the Baltic. Built by 400 craftsmen at the royal shipyard at Stockholm, the ship was richly decorated as a symbol of the king’s ambitions for Sweden and himself.

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Don’t Forget Your Minor Characters!

Writers take note: sometimes we take our secondary characters too lightly, but they can end up being major characters in sequels, or in a series all their own. Reblogged from https://writingyourfirstnovelblog.com

Writing your first novel-Things you should know

quote-respect-your-characters-even-the-minor-ones-in-art-as-in-life-everyone-is-the-hero-of-sarah-waters-43-27-03I’m in the revision process with my novel and one of the areas I am focusing on is character development. When you hear character development, you usually think of main characters or supporting characters. Well my main characters do need some work, but for this particular blog I was talking about those ‘fly by’ characters that step into your novel, do what you want them to do, and then disappear never to be heard of again.

I received a critique a while back in regards to four minor characters in my novel. “A lot of new characters have been introduced, and they all run together in my mind. I think more time needs to be spent developing these characters as individuals rather than some generic group of friends.

The lady that provided the critique was right. I didn’t provide any description of these characters. Except for the fact that they had names, you would have had no idea which one I was…

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