My Featured Blogger this week is Laura M. Bailey of All the Shoes I Wear. Laura is a writer whose insights come from a colorful, wildly varied life. Her writing is informed, she explains, by “all the shoes I’ve worn…from beach baby to city girl, wife, mother…construction worker, grease monkey, tattoo studio owner, race horse breeder, poet…”
But most of all, she says, it comes from being “a flawed human profoundly in love with God.” Those “shoes” show in this warm character piece and, indeed, in all the posts she writes. Enjoy!
From the shoes I wore in the Writers Guild.
(We breathe life into our stories by showing instead of telling. Paint a picture with your words that transports the reader. – Laura Bailey)
An exercise in Characterization.
The old man walked to the park in the early afternoon. He’d walked there over the years, holding the tiny hand of his little girl who skipped along beside him. When she had grown, he walked alone carrying a book or the evening paper until once again he would walk the familiar route holding the tiny hand of his granddaughter.
Not much had changed in the park over the last fifty years. The ducks still haggle over bread crumbs and the elms still spread their restful shade over his favorite bench. He alone had changed.
His wavy black hair had faded like autumn leaves into downy white patches. The…
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