Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Style Brush Strokes 1 of 5: Participles

What am I reading now?  The Raven Boys (Maggie Stiefvater)

Annnd . . . what do I think so far? Al the women in Blue's family are psychics--except Blue. SHe wants to experience magic the way they do; to see the future, to interpret the past, to talk with the dead, but she can't. Until she sits at the ruins of an old church on St. Mark's Eve as the soon-to-be dead parade past and one of them talks to her--only to her. Then she finds out that that spirit could talk to her for one of two reasons, and both reasons are bad--very, very bad.
      Just a little on the dark and creepy side of magic stories with the secrets all the characters have.

Style Brush Strokes Part 1 of 5
Image Grammar by Harry Noden

1•Participle: description that is supplied by ing-­verbs or ed-­verbs (they are not the verb/predicate of the sentence; a participle is a verb used as an adjective) tagged on to the beginning or ending of sentences.

Basic sentence: The diamond-­‐scaled snakes attacked their prey.”
Participle at the beginning: “Hissing, slithering and coiling, the diamond-­‐ scaled snakes attacked their prey.”

Practice: Find the basic sentence and the participle phrase(s)
“Shifting the weight of the line to his left shoulder and kneeling carefully, he washed his hand in the ocean and held it there, submerged, for more than a minute, watching the blood trail away and the steady movement of the water against his hand as the boat moved.” (Hemingway—Old Man and the Sea)

Apply: Choose a basic sentence from your current WIP. Change it by adding a participle/participle phrase to the beginning or ending of that sentence. Post the new sentence in the chat.

*All of the brush strokes presented in this series should be used with judicious thought before hand and not to excess. :)
Come back next week for the second brush stroke.

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