MAY'S STRATEGYBy: Darrelyn L. TuttEvery month has it's own unique contributions enlisted as a part of its "story" just as every writer does.This month I'm contributing a provoking "truth and tip" contribution to challenge you on your writing journey and engage you with some new ideas:1) Truth: The month of May was named after the Greek goddess, Maia, of fertility Tip: Create a short list of five new words or ideas that move with your writing project and develop new thought formations that intrigue your reading audience.Utilize a "Word Finder" or a Thesaurus to help in the quest and note their helpful differences:A "Word Finder" provides a substitute word and also produces an augmentative word which enhances or contributes to the word. "Word Finder" example of DARK - Perilous, haunted, mysteriously, impenetrably, creeping.A Thesaurus enlists new word selections of a "word" bearing similar meaning."Thesaurus" example of DARK - Black, ebony, cloudy, sooty.------2) Truth: The emerald, symbolic of love and success, is the birthstone of May.Tip: We all know what an emerald is. One word has the power to paint a visual picture in a reader's mind and foster a deeper attachment to it as a result. Look for vital word enhancements that engage the reader at a deeper level and utilize imagery concepts throughout your writing.------3) Truth: The Empire State Building officially opened its doors May 1, 1931.Tip: Factual historical assertions can be invaluable in story placement and create a fixed time-table in the reader's mind. Such assertions can also promote a visible attachment to the reader propelling him deeper into a story.Consider a few historical assertions and see what it does in you:September 11, 2001 - Terrorist attacks. John F. Kennedy - November 22, 1963; presidential assasination in Dallas, Texas.April 19, 1995 - Oklahoma City bombing.In the writing of a story compose your timeline utilizing significant historical events to enhance a reader's attachment to it.*Apply at least one new strategy to your writing this month and see where it takes you.-------Favorite writing tip of the month:Don't tell me the moon is shining; show me the glint of light on broken glass.-A. Chekhov
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