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Learning from the best

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As a writer-in-training one of my current hobbies is absorbing others language and the creative ways they use it, in an attempt to learn the craft from those that have already made it. As a kindle addict this is a bit more difficult than a post-it on a page so I recently began using the highlight tool on kindle (press & hold on the first word until the grey highlight appears and then drag over the sentence/passage you wish to highlight), you can then add a note to help you trace why you highlighted it.

To then retrieve your highlights – log-on to https://kindle.amazon.com/your_highlights

See an example below from one of my favourite authors, these are two extracts I had highlighted showing descriptive technique.

The Bone Garden: The Wesley Peterson Series: Book 5 by Kate Ellis

You have 2 highlighted passages
You have 2 notes
Last annotated on June 27, 2014

Monday morning brought rain – or drizzle to be more precise. It fell in gossamer sheets over the hilly landscape, turning the greens and golds of the September fields to shades of grey.

Note: Weather description

Heffernan was making a great effort to sound professional, detached – but he wasn’t making a very good job of it. The expression on his face betrayed every emotion, every fear and doubt.

Note: description hidden emotion

Anyway, I thought this might be a useful tool for other aspiring writers’.

 

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