Wednesday, December 8, 2010
Contest Angel and a Writing Tip
See this cute, cute, cute angel ornament. It's a Willow Tree figurine. I found her yesterday. Her name is "Angel of Hope." When I saw her in the store I knew she was the perfect angel for my contest.
Look over there on my sidebar, under my Christmas book, An Angel on Main Street. All the information for the contest is there. Follow the rules I've listed and this little angel ornament might be winging her way to your house.
I had to be so careful with her as I took her out of the box to take her picture. Here's another photo of her on my dining room table.
I'd love for her to become part of your Christmas celebration. So quick, become a follower of my blog and post An Angel on Main Street button in your sidebar. And make sure to let me know so I can add your name in the drawing.
Okay, now for my Wednesday writing tip.
During the holiday season our family watches a ton of Christmas movies. All the classics such as White Christmas, The Bishop's Wife, It's a Wonderful Life and so on. Why are those movies so memorable? I think it's because of terrific dialogue. Let's look at a few lines from the movies I've mentioned.
From White Christmas remember the line: "Sargent, take the shortcut." And you know full well that the short cut will not be short.
From The Bishop's Wife how about this line: "I've never before had to fight an angel." Does the bishop fight the angel who has come to make him realize where his priorities should be? Watch the movie.
And from It's a Wonderful Life this classic: "Every time a bell rings an angel gets his wings." This line ties the entire story together since you know that now after helping George, Clarence has earned his wings.
Okay, but these lines were in movies, how does this relate to books?
Dialogue is even more important in books because the reader can go over and over each line as he/she studies and savors them.
My challenge for you this week--make the dialogue in your book memorable.
It's a tough job, but I know you're up to the task. ;)
Posted by Kathi Oram Peterson at 9:24 AM