Wednesday, February 9, 2011

[Enter Word of Choice]

The Inkers met last night.  We wrote for approximately 120 minutes and then we shared a little of our writing.  (There was also amazing food, as always, with Kirk winning the prize for best of show with AMAZING Raspberry Sweet Rolls.) 

During sharing time, the afore-mentioned winner, Sir-Kirk-A-Lot shared a paragraph.  In his paragraph there were two places he put brackets:

1)    [girl name] and [girl name]
2)    [gun] and [gun]

Later I was lamenting that I was still unsure how to describe my demons.  I received excellent advice: Use the brackets.

I'm wondering if brackets could replace yada-yada-yada.  "I went out with him to [   ] and we [    ]  and then we [    ].  Oh my you should have seen [    ]."

Which leads me to think of George Costanza which always puts a smile on my face.

Happy Wednesday!


  1. I feel so lonely without any [ description ] comments.

  2. Let me fill in that bracket for you with "fabulous" and just say I love the brackets, but I'll have to be careful about overusing (is that a word?) them. I could see myself filling up most of a page with brackets.

  3. Ah, Castanza. Vandalay Industries at its finest . . .

    The brackets are helpful for me, as I demonstrated last night. Helps for those times I don't want to look up a detail but would much rather keep up the pace of my writing. Nancy Allen actually tipped me off to it. Great idea, Nancy!

  4. The sweet rolls were amazing!

    The yada yada is one of my favorite Seinfeld episodes. Where would we be without some Seinfeld to relate to.

  5. I forgot to add my love for the raspberry rolls. Thanks for sharing Kirk!

  6. My pleasure. I'll definitely be bringing those again! Thanks for all the other goodies, guys.

  7. I LOVE brackets! They help me so much with the story writing process! Of course you could go crazy with them in which case your novel might look something like this:

    Xavier had amazing telepathic abilities.

    [Enter plot here]

    And they lived happily ever after. The End.


  8. Love writers group, love the sweet rolls, and love the brackets. They are heinously underused in my writing. I have a feeling I'll need to use them before this WIP is finished.