5 Rules For Chapter One Of Your Book | Dan Alatorre – AUTHOR

Do I make it anywhere near any of these I wonder? I started my story so late that somebody suggested I put in a prologue, LOL! What are your views on when you should start? Source: 5 Rules For Chapter One Of Your Book | Dan Alatorre - AUTHOR

Writing and Body Language

Handy little list to keep referring to. It can be very difficult to describe a piece of body language or emotion while writing… your character could end up doing the same thing repeatedly, which could annoy your reader!

Jens Thoughts

I find one of the most talked about topics in writing is “show don’t tell”. It doesn’t seem to matter how much I try not to I still do, and I also find myself repeating words or not describing actions well.

I stumbled on this list of body language for us to keep near us while writing.


he lowered his head
she hung her head
he ducked
she bowed her head
he covered his eyes with a hand
she pressed her hands to her cheeks

she raised her chin
he lifted his chin

her hands squeezed into fists
his hands tightened into fists
she clenched her fists
she balled her fists
he unclenched his fists
her arms remained at her sides

he shrugged
she gave a half shrug
he lifted his shoulder in a half shrug
she gave a dismissive wave of her hand

she raised a hand in greeting

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Leaf by Justice

I think that anybody who works on the same piece of fiction (or a lot of fiction within the same world) can relate to this idea. It is a truly fascinating read 🙂

Guild Of Dreams

Leafpainting Lizzie Harper. Botanical Illustration – Tips on painting sketchbook-style studies of leaves – May 4th 2013

J.R.R. Tolkien, the father of the fantasy genre, wrote a short story called “Leaf by Niggle” (look for it in The Tolkien Reader). When I was a teen, just beginning to write my own stories, this story struck me as “true,” and it resonates even more strongly now. The first half of the story is about an artist named Niggle whose only work is a massive painting of a tree. The painting is never finished, and he continues to scrape away parts of it and paint them anew, because they never quite reflect his vision. Niggle’s neighbor sneers at Niggle’s lack of industry (as he spends his time painting a plant and neglects the real ones in his garden) and plagues him with requests for help running errands and doing home-maintenance projects. Niggle…

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