Sunday, August 26, 2012

Mom sounds like a Dragon

A massive Dragon welcomes visitors within the Tower of London. Picture taken by Manju.

As a Mom, I have learned that my words are heard as emotion. If I say, "Go take a shower." It's the tone of my voice that my children hear. Various emotions are contained in my words, depending on the context. Matter-of-fact, Hopeful, Annoyed, Frustrated, Tired . . .

As a writer, I share the emotions of my characters not just their words. I need to show the reader through the character's actions, instead of simply tagging dialog with an adverb. This means describing Mom's body language or actions. Instead of writing - "Go take a shower," Mom said, gleefully.

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