When you take a photo you spend a little time setting up the scene as it will fit into the space you have in the view finder. That should continue into writing too. We are used to seeing movies and TV on a screen, not from our own eyes as we live our lives where the view is wider and taller. So when someone is reading a book they also expect to see the scene as if it were through a camera or on a screen. Set up your scene with that in mind. How many things can you bring into the screen and where do they fit in best? Confused? Hold up your hands to form a box shape and see what actually fits into the space between your hands. Not as much as if you looked without looking through your hands, right? It is surprising how little sometimes fits into that square space.
The next thing someone needs to invent is a sidebar or widget that lets you list all your webrings, blogrolls and other groups you have joined in one widget which you stick on your sidebar instead of all those individual blogrolls, webrings, widgets and graphic linkbacks. I see it being something like the widget for Wink. But, instead of links to your profiles on Yahoo, Blogger and etc it would be a link to all those widgets which usually clutter up our sidebars. It could even take you to a secondary page on the blog where all those widgets and such are listed in full. But the widget on your main page would not have all that mass of clutter. If you have seen Wink you might get a better idea of what I am thinking of. Now it just needs some code type person to come along and do it. Any time now... don't all rush at once.
Do you know enough HTML code to change your site for the holidays? Try it! I know we are supposed to bow to the gods of branding but take a break from worshipping at Christmas time, Halloween, Valentines Day and other events. Even if it's just for one day. Brighten up your site with a big red bow or a fresh banner in seasonal colours. Find something you can do even if all you can do is change the colours of your fonts to read and green. Keep your site readable but give it a holiday make over.
From the Creativity Portal's Winter creative writing prompts:
How does the cold winter weather and shorter days affect your mood or outlook on life? What if winter lasted year-round?
I'm reading a book that I want to like. The writing is good. The story is moving along. At first I thought the problem was that I'm reading the second book in a series, skipping the first. (I just happened to find the second on sale and never went looking for the first). Anyway, the real problem is becoming apparent more and more as I read along. The main character is too perfect. She has great hair, great figure, smart and all the men in the story are chasing after her. She's athletic and strong in all the ways that matter. Just too perfect, it's irritating to read about her. When you write a character who is not the main character it is easier to give them imperfections. They are meant to be less than perfect, to need something or someone and to be supported in some way by the main character. After all, there has to be some reason they are appearing in the story of the main character. But, a main character needs to be imperfect, have some flaws, it makes them human and lets readers identify with them, even like them. As a writer we tend to base our main characters on ourselves. It's like we are the star of our story. So there is a tendency to want to make these characters a better version of ourselves. The self we would like to be. But, that's not really a good way to write a character. Give them imperfections. Let them goof up, be less than gorgeous and not be beloved of everyone they encounter.