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:

Driving

Emotional Beats | From the blog of Nicholas C. Rossis, author of science fiction, the Pearseus epic fantasy series and children's books

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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.

Next week: Fights. View all posts on the subject, or buy the book on Amazon – free on KU!

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