Thursday, February 14, 2013
14 Valentine's Days
Many of you are writers.
Like me, you struggle to select words that will bring your characters to life.
One of the best descriptions I've heard comes from an unlikely place: President Obama's State of the Union message earlier this week.
Such an important speech must've been crafted by several people, so I don't know who gets the credit for this description of a victim of gun violence, a teen named Hadiya Pendleton.
In a few sentences, we know this girl.
That's the beauty and the heartbreak of good writing.
"She was 15 years old. She loved Fig Newtons and lip gloss. She was a
majorette. She was so good to her friends, they all thought they were
her best friend..."
Labels: characterization, President Obama, State of the Union, Valentine's Day, writing
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Terri Farley @ 2:30 AM