Back in September, I published Emotional Beats: How to Easily Convert your Writing into Palpable Feelings. As promised, I will be posting the book on my blog. So, here is the next installment, continuing Part 3 of the book: Other Beats. This one deals with:
I’m sure you can drive just fine. But how easy do you find it to describe your character’s driving? These might help.
- He cut across three lanes of traffic, careening over the median to speed back in the other direction.
- She coasted the SUV out onto the road.
- He backed out, hand on the gear shifter.
- We swerved to the right as the back end of the SUV fishtailed until it came to a halt.
- He jammed the car into gear and gunned the engine.
- A red traffic light stopped us.
- A cab screeched to the curb.
- He turned into [name of] Street, tires screeching in protest.
- She pulled onto a sandy road going off into the desert.
- The truck bounced over the rutted road.
- The tires screeched as the truck careened to a stop.
- The truck peeled out of the driveway. She opened it up on the main road.
- She hauled the steering wheel to the left as her right tires careened down the incline.
- Flying through the maze of trees, we hung a sharp right.
- She parked the truck in the gravel patch.
- Traction caught and the car lurched forward.
- He mashed the brake to the floor.
- He stifled the engine’s growl and flung his door open.
- The smell of burped gasoline stung her nose.
- First gear submitted with a painful grind.
- The driver’s door gave up a squeaky yawn and spit him onto his feet.
- A black Model T Ford skulked in the tall grass beside the lane.
- A dark Victorian villa cast invisible hands toward our car, luring us nice and snug against the curb out front.