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foible

 

foible

FOY-bel (‘oy’ as in ‘soy’)

 

noun

  1. a minor weakness or eccentricity in someone’s character
  2. (fencing) the part of a sword blade from the middle to the point

‘She learned about the foibles of her aunts.’

 

synonyms:

  1. weakness, failing, shortcoming, flaw, quirk kink, idiosyncracy, eccentricity

antonyms:

  1. strength

variants:

foibles, feeble, etc

 

I’ve started following some writing advice Jaclyn Moriarty gave in this interview. It’s a variation on the usual ‘keep a journal’ advice. Basically, Moriarty says that every day she tries to write

‘…not just a description of what happened that day, but a few lines about the details of one incident, or one conversation, or a description of one person. Or I try to get underneath one emotion that I had, try to explore it. And I found that much more helpful than just keeping a regular diary. If you talk about people you’ve seen, then it helps with character descriptions.’

The quote’s shortened a little, but you get the idea.

I don’t know about you, but that sounds like excellent advice to me. A good way to refine the skills you have and develop new ones. Plus, the habit of writing frequently and regularly is useful when you want to undertake a project.

So, I’m going to attempt to write a little each day like Moriarty described, and maybe I’ll post some of the better ones.

Good luck with your own writing, and have a great day!

ellipsis

2 comments

bookwithbane

I love that quote! I'll make sure to incorporate that from now on

4th Jul, 19
ellipsis

Glad to be of service!

4th Jul, 19