Friday, March 25, 2011
Boost Your Repertoire
Have I got a deal for you! Are you stuck in a rut? Do you return to the same pet phrases time and again, use the same dull descriptors, useless interjections and weak verbs over and over? Do you wish your writing could be magically transformed into sparkling prose, witty dialog and engaging plots?
Well, wish no more. Just use the following chain letter to boost your repertoire of repartee, tête-à-tête, and parlez-vous. It's guaranteed to change your writing. You'll never be without the perfect phrase again.
Are you stuck using the same few descriptions for your characters? Fret no longer! This chain letter is guaranteed to net you thousands of new descriptions in just a few short days. How does it work?
Easy! First, make a list of the five most commonly used phrases in your works-in-progress. For example:
"She looked at him."
"Her eyes met his."
Then send a copy of this letter to the first name listed below (a writer who is equally discontented with her descriptive phrases). Add your name to the bottom of the list and send out the letter to five writer friends who will then do the same. You will receive 15,625 letters with 78,125 new descriptive phrases in a matter of days.
Do not break the chain! If you do, your novel will never reach the NYT bestseller list, your computer will die a horrible death and your creative muse will abandon you forever.
The Next Great Author
Okay, so maybe this is a little over-the-top silly. But who among us hasn’t discovered some corny flaw in their writing, something we repeatedly do without knowing it, some inane idiosyncrasy that jumps out as us later in the bald light of day?
A few of us were lamenting our flaws on Compuserve’s Books and Writers forum when someone suggested we swap descriptive phrases as a way of injecting new life into our well-worn works. That’s when I came up the chain letter idea, and while no one would seriously send out the letter, it was still fun to trade our most over-used phrases among friends.
Care to share yours? It might come in handy for someone else. After all, one writer's well-worn phrase is another's inspiration.