By: Margie Lawson
Do you watch NCIS?
I love giving my brain a weekly dose of NCIS. Millions of others love the show too. The stories are intriguing. The characters are deep and quirky. And Jethro Gibbs, aka Mark Harmon, has rules.
Gibbs has lots of rules. Over 50 rules.
I’m spinning-off Margie-Rules from Gibbs’ rules. My next fifteen (or fifty) blogs will feature a different Margie-Rule.
I appreciate the NCIS writers for their award-winning writing, and for giving Gibbs rules.
Gibbs’ Rule # 8: Never take anything for granted.
Today’s Blog: Margie-Rule #1: Never Take Any Word for Granted.
Writers like words. Writers like how words sound, how they look, how they roll. They select words for their connotations, their subliminal messages, their power. They choose words that fit their characters like “that ain’t no matter” fits Huck Finn.
Writers also play with word-play.
Snicker, snicker. That last sentence was a SHOW and TELL sentence. I played with words in my word-play sentence.
Yep. I’m playing with you.
I just talked to you. Talking to the reader is what I call Intentional Authorial Intrusion.
I’ll share an example of Harlan Coben playing with words, and playing with the reader, in an Intentional Authorial Intrusion.
Long Lost, Harlan Coben, NYT Bestseller
From Page 1:
Terese Collins. Imagery flooded in—her Class-B-felony bikini, that private island, the sun-kissed beach, her gaze that could melt teeth, her Class-B-felony bikini.
It’s worth mentioning the bikini twice.
Hear Harlan talking to you?
Harlan Coben shared two Humor Hits too.
- Gaze that could melt teeth
- It’s worth mentioning the bikini twice.
Now that we’ve had some fun, we’ll dig deeper into never taking any word for granted and we’ll have more fun.
These authors used just the right words to make their writing strong.
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Read the full article HERE!
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