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WORDS TO LEAVE OUT
These are words you don’t need 9 out of 10 times.
Example: She looked up at Sally. She looked at Sally.
Ex: He walked over to the door. He walked to the door.
As a freelance editor, I can’t tell you how many times, in how many manuscripts, I take out the ups, downs, arounds and overs. Pretty soon it feels like you’re directing traffic. Kill them. Save your justs, thens and seems for when you really need them.

All
Each
Up
Even
Here
Seems
Through
From
Just
For
Around
That
Over
Down
Along
Be
Only
Surely
Yet
Suddenly
Comes
Away
Out
Though
Feel
Very
Against
Ever
Already
Very

Phrases you almost NEVER need:
If she smiles, where else is a smile going to be besides on her face? If we know she’s in the drawing room, where else is the chair she sits in going to be besides in the room? If she picks something up, how is she going to do it unless it is with her hands? If she doesn’t use her hands, if she uses her toes, for instance, or pliers, we need to know that.

Of all time
In the world
Known to man
All but
He/she knew
At least
Be able to
In the house
In the room
On his/her face
More than/no more than/nothing more than
Go so far as
In her voice
Can’t help but

If you can leave a word out without changing the meaning of the sentence, do it. If you can read a sentence without missing the phrase, leave it out.

We know this list is incomplete. Please help us. Add the *leave out* words or phrases you find in the comments below. Thanks.

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Five million copies of Alfie Thompson/Val Daniels 10 novels and 1 non-fiction book, Lights! Camera! Fiction! A Movie Lovers Guide to Writing a Novel have been sold in 29 languages and 32 countries. Her writing workshops have received high praise from audiences from New York City to Hawaii. Writing For The Reader, Creating the Magic that Creates Fans is the second in the series, Tips, Tricks and Tools of the Writing Trade. The first in the series is Point Of View, Understanding Which POV is the Best For Your Novel and Using it Effectively.

One of the first set of words we teach our children when preparing them for reading are opposites. Throughout my thirty-three years as a child care provider I’ve had fun playing the opposite game. Below is a small list of words that are easy for young children to work with. It is by no means a full representation of all the opposite words out there, but it’s a starting point.

1. back /front
2. begin / end
3. big / little
4. boy / girl
5. brother / sister
6. clean / dirty
7. come / go
8. day / night
9. east / west
10. easy / hard
11. enter / exit
12. early / late
13. fast / slow
14. few / many
15. first / last
16. fix / break
17. full / empty
18. go / stop
19. good / bad
20. happy /sad
21. hard / soft
22. heavy / light
23. here / there
24. high / low
25. hot / cold
26. in / out
27. inside / outside
28. kind / mean
29. left / right
30. less / more
31. light / dark
32. long / short
33. lost / found
34. low / high
35. new / old
36. north / south
37. odd / even
38. on / off
39. open / close
40. over / under
41. pull / push
42. quiet / noisy
43. rain / sunshine
44. rich / poor
45. right / left
46. run / walk
47. same / different
48. sharp / dull
49. sit / stand
50. small / big
51. start / stop
52. strong / weak
53. sweet / sour
54. sun / moon
55. sunny / cloudy
56. tall / short
57. tight / loose
58. true / false
59. up / down
60. warm / cool
61. wide / narrow
62. woman / man
63. wet / dry
64. yes / no
65. young / old

I first posted this list back in 2010. To date it has received more hits than any of my other list. So I decided it was time to re-posting it now for my newer visitors. I hope you find it as useful as the thousands who have used it in the past.

The following is a list of words and/or phrases that will help you to indicate TIME, ORDER, SEQUENCE in your writing.
The Merriam Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary describes indicate time, order, sequence as “…measurable period…arrange…connected series…”
The Synonym Finder, by J. I. Rodale definition for indicate time, order, sequence, “…chronology, duration…grouping, sort…succession, continuation…”

Abruptly After After a few days
After a long time After a short time After a while
After that Afterward All at once
All of the time All the while Always
As long as As soon as At first
At last At length At present
At that time At the beginning At the end
At that onset At the same time At this moment
At times Before Begin
By now Commence Commencing
Concurrently Consequently Continually
Currently Cyclically Directly
During Earlier Embark
Eventually Every time Final
Finally First Following
Following that Former Formerly
Frequently From this point Generally
Gradual Henceforth Hereafter
Heretofore Immediately In an instant
In awhile In conclusion In the end
In the first place In the future In the last place
In the meantime In the past In the second place
In turn In frequently Initial
Instantly Instantaneously Intermittent
Just then Last Last of all
Lastly Later Later on
Later that day Little by little Meanwhile
Momentarily Never Next
Not at all Not long after Not long ago
Now Occasionally Of late
Often Often time On the next occasion
Once Once upon a time Past
Periodically Preceding Present
Presently Previously Prior to
Promptly Quick Rarely
Recently Repeatedly Right after
Right away Second Seldom
Sequentially Shorty Simultaneously
Slow So far Some of the time
Some time Soon Soon after
Soon afterward Sporadically Starting with
Subsequently Suddenly Temporary
The latter The next The final
Then Thereafter This instant
Third To begin with To conclude
To finish Today Tomorrow
Twice Uncommon Ultimately
Until Until now Usually
When While Yesterday
Yet

I love this list. So many words that need to be repeated! LOL

Just English

Paul V. Hartman

(The Capitalized syllable gets the emphasis)

A

alacrity       a-LACK-ra-tee      cheerful willingness and promptness
anathema       a-NATH-a-ma      a thing or person cursed, banned, or reviled
anodyne       AN-a-dine      not likely to cause offence or disagreement and somewhat dull//anything that sooths or comforts
aphorism      AFF-oar-ism      a short, witty saying or concise principle
apostate       ah-POSS-tate       (also:  apostasy)      person who has left the fold or deserted the faith.
arrogate      ARROW-gate      to make an unreasonable claim
atavistic     at-a-VIS-tic      reverting to a primitive type
avuncular      a-VUNC-you-lar      “like an uncle”; benevolent

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I love finding new ways to look at the art of writing. Hope you find this as interesting as I did. Thanks for the insight Sandy.

Strangling My Muse

  1. Write a list of things you’re passionate about. Include everything: chocolate chip cookies, the actor/actress you fantasize about, vampires, jazz trumpet, dreams of flying….Pick two or three of these and combine them to create a story.
  2. Choose something you fervently believe to be true. This could be a political or religious belief, or—perhaps more interesting—the fact that grass is green, your belief that elves might exist, your conviction that Macs are better than PCs. Write something from the point of view of a character who holds the opposite belief. But don’t write directly about this issue. Create a scene where your character is dealing with a difficult relationship problem or a tricky work situation.
  3. Take something you’ve already written and write it in a different genre. Change a memory to a fictional story about a character who’s a woman if you’re a man, or vice versa. Rewrite a literary passage…

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The Blog Hop Stops Here

Profilesofmurder.com the place to learn about serial killers and for an intro to impressive authors. What a great combination. This is a reblog of the Profile of murder blog hop.

Profiles of Murder

 

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Last month I was invited by Linda Williams Stirling who has a blog called, Ramblings of an Eclectic Mind, eclecticstirling.com, to participate in a blog hop tour. I don’t like blog hopping but I love Linda’s blog and her eclectic mind. Since my blog is supposed to have information about writing, I sighed and said “ok.”

Linda Sterling

I had to find three people to jump on the blog hop with me. I guess everyone else must hate hopping as much as I do, because I only had two takers. The first was the incredible, ultimate Alfie Thompson and, bless her heart, she doesn’t even have a blog!!!!!

Second was the sassy, sidesplitting (from laughter), multi-talented Sunny Cole. Since the blog hop stops here, I’ve decided to have them answer the BIG FOUR QUESTIONS on my blog. You’ll read more about my MRW sisters later.

writing humansareweird.com

Now the hard…

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HEALTH RELATED WORD LIST

This list is in honor of my son, who has Multiple Sclerosis. The list consist of frequently used health related words. In no way is this list comprehensive. Many of these words can be used in fiction and non-fiction writing work.

For those looking for professional medical terms check out an online medical dictionary. I like Web MD, http://www.webmd.com/a-to-z-guides/common-topics/default.htm.

ABDOMEN
ABRASION
ABSCESS
ACHE
ACUTE
ALLERGIES
AMBULATORY
ANOREXIA
ANTIBODIES
ANTIBIOTIC
ARRYTHMIA
ASTHMA
AUTOIMMUNE DISEASE
BACTERIA
BANDAGE
BIOPSY
BLOOD
BODY
BONE
BRAIN
BRONCHIA
BRUISE
BULIMIA
CATHETER
CAESARIAN SECTION
CALORIE
CANCER
CARBOHYDRATE
CARDIOVASCULAR
CARTILAGE
CATHETER
CATHETER
CHECKUP
CHEST
CHOLESTEROL
CHRONIC
COLD
COMMUNICABLE DISEASE
COMPRESSION
CONGESTION
CONSCIOUS
CONTAGIOUS
COUGH
CURE
CUT
DEHYDRATION
DENTIST
DIET
DIGESTIVE SYSTEM
DISEASE
DISORDER
DNA (deoxyribonucleic acid)
DOCTOR
DYSPNEA
EMBOLISM
ENDOCRINE SYSTEM
ESOPHAGUS
EXACERBATION
EXTRMITIES
FATIGUE
FIBRILLATION
FLU
FUNGUS
GANGRENE
GASTOINTESTINAL
GENERAL PRACTIONER
GLAND
HEART
HEMATOMA
HORMONE
HOSPITAL
HYPERGLYCEMIA
HYPERTENSION
HYPOGLYCEMIA
HYPOTENSION
ILL
IMMUNE SYSTEM
IMMUNITY
INFECTION
INFLAMMATION
INFECTIOUS
INJECTION
INJURY
INTERAVENOUS
IRRIGATE
ISCHEMIA
JAUNDICE
JOINT
LASERATION
LIGAMENT
LUMBAR
LUNG
LYMPHATIC SYSTEM
LYMPHNIOD
MALIGNANT
MALNUTRITION
MEDICATION
MEDICINE
METABOLIC
METABOLISM
MICROBE
MICROORGANISM
MUCUS
MUSCULAR SYSTEM
MUSCLE
NEUROPATHIC PAIN
NEUROPATHY
NEUROVASCULAR
NERVOUS SYSTEM
NONIVASIVE
NURSE
NUTRITION
OBESITY
OPERATION
PAIN
PALLIATIVE
PATHOGEN
PATIENT
POLYMYOSITIS
PRESCRIPTION
PROTEIN
PROTOZA
PSYCHIATRY
PSYCHOLOGY
PSYCHOTHERAPY
REFLEX
REFLUX
REMISSION
REPRODUTION SYSTEM
RESPIRATORY SYSTEM
SICK
SKELETAL SYSTEM
SKELETON
SPASM
SPECIALIST
SPINAL CORD
STIMULUS
STRESS
SURGEON
SURGERY
SYCOPE
SYNDROME
TEMPERATURE
TENDON
THORACIC
TISSUE
TOOTH
TRAUMA
TRANQUILIZER
ULTRASOUND
VACCINATION
VACCINE
VASCULAR SYSTEM
VEIN
VERTIGO
VIRUS
VOMIT
WOUND

Here’s a new list of words to help with your fiction and non-fiction writing, for school or work.

Listed below are colors often used to describe an object. This list is not about different ways to say a color, but rather each color broken down to its basic hue.

BASIC COLOR WORDS
Black Brown gray
Orange Purple Red
Yellow Blue Green
Pink Silver White

COLORS –DISCRIBED
Apricot pale yellow orange
Aquamarine greenish blue
Auburn reddish brown
Azure deep blue hue
Beige very pale brown
Bronze deep yellowish brown
Canary very bright yellow
Champagne pale brownish gold
Cherry deep vivid red
Chestnut deep reddish brown
Copper reddish brown
Coral deep pinkish orange
Cream color off-white yellow tinge
Crimson deep rich purplish red
Ebony black tinged with olive
Emerald bright green
Fawn pale yellowish brown
Indigo deep purplish blue
Ivory creamy white
Khaki creamy light brown
Lavender pale purple
Lilac pale pinkish purple
Magenta brilliant purplish pink
Mahogany dark reddish brown
Maroon brown with a deep purplish-red tinge
Mauve pale purple with a blur or pink tinge
Navy deep dark blue
Olive deep yellowish green
Peach creamy yellowish orange
Pearl pale grey-white tinged with blue
Periwinkle pale bluish purple
Plum dark reddish purple
Ruby deep intense purple tinged with red
Rust reddish brown
Sable very dark grayish black
Sage grayish green
Salmon pale orange pink
Sapphire brilliant blue
Scarlet bright orange tinged red
Slate dark gray
Tangerine bright orange
Taupe brown gray

The Human Body word list

This list contains words for body parts or words and phrases using body part association, or had the body part in the word or phrase itself.

ARM
Armband Armchair Armful
Armhole Armlet Armpit
Armrest Arm’s length Arm-twisting
Arm wrestling
BLOOD
Blood bank Bloodbath Blood brother
Blood cell Blood count Blood donor
Blooded Blood feud Bloodhound
Bloodshed Bloodshot Bloodstone
Bloodstream Bloodsucker Blood sugar
Blood test Bloodthirsty Blood-typing
Blood vessel Bloody Bloody-minded
Cold-blooded Hot-blooded Warm-blooded
BRAIN
Brainchild Brain drain Brainless
Brainpower Brain stem Brainstorm
Brain trust Brainwash Brain wave
Brainy
BROW
Browbeat Browed Eyebrow
Highbrow Lowbrow
EAR
Earache Ear clip Eardrop
Eardrum Eared Earflap
Earful Earlobe Ear lock
Earmuff Earring In one ear (out the other)
EYE
Eye bank Eye bar Eye bright
Eye chart Eye contact Eyecup
Eye lens Eye of the needle Eye opener
Eye shadow Eye train Eyeball
Eyebolt Eyebrow Eye-catching
Eyed Eyedropper Eyeglasses
Eyehole Eyelash Eyelet
Eyelid Eyeliner Eyepiece
Eyes opened Eyeshade Eyesight
Eyestrain Eyewitness Starry-eyed
FACE
Barefaced Face cloth Face-lift
Facemask Face sown Face value
Faceless Face-off Faceplate
Face-saver Face-to-face Facing
FINGER
Finger food Finger hold Finger hole
Finger picking Finger pointing Finger spelling
Fingered Fingering Fingernail
Finger-paint Fingerprint Fingertip
FOOT
Barefoot Foot and mouth disease Foot fault
Foot race Foot soldier Footage
Football Footbath Footboard
Footbridge Footcloth Footed
Footfall Footgear Foothill
Foothold Footing Footlights
Footlocker Footloose Footnote
Footpad Footpath Footprint
Footrace Footsie Footsore
Footstep Footstone Footstool
Footwear Footwork
HAND
Backhand Hand basket Hand list
Hand off Hand over Hand press
Hand puppet Handbag Handball
Hand-blown Handbook Handbrake
Handcar Handcart Handclasp
Handcraft Handcuff Handheld
Handhold Handiwork Handmaiden
Hand-me-down Handpick Handprint
Handsaw Handset Handshake
Handsome Handspring Handstand
Hand-woven Handwriting Handy
HEART
Downhearted Heart disease Heart failure
Heart free Heart rendering Heart whole
Heartache Heartbeat Heartbreak
Heartburn Heartfelt Heartland
Heartless Heartsick Heartstring
Heartthrob Heart-to-heart Heartwarming
NOSE
Nose guard Nose job Noseband
Nosebleed Nosedive Nosepiece
Nose-ring Nosey Nosing
TOE
Toe dance Toe shoe Toecap
Toehold Toenail
WAIST
Waistband Waistcoat Waistline
Waist pack
WRIST
Wristband Wristlet Wristlock
Wristwatch

I recently read an article on “fear of rejection”. The writer focused on how to overcome rejection in a social situation. I read every word and found myself quaking in my shoes, just contemplating doing a few of the things she suggested.

Since I have a fear of meeting new people and making a total fool of myself, I wanted to panic, bury my head in a drawer of old mismatched socks and ignore any of the suggestions she made. But something held me back. Something spoke to me. Something beyond the need to break out of my self-imposed shell.

This writer could have been talking about my writing as easily as she was talking about getting a social life. What about you? Do you have the same fears?

How often do you avoid writing? Maybe you tell yourself you just don’t have time to write. Do you feel writing the story that lingers in your mind, whispering to you late at night, is useless? Nobody would want to read your work. Or maybe you don’t see yourself as having the talent, the gift of writing. You know, like all those successful writers.
Do you feel hopeless, as if writing is a waste time? Do you waver back and forth about pursuing your dream of being published?

You are not alone.

Seriously, you are suffering these fears with the masses. Every writer out there (okay, there may be ONE writer out there, who has never experienced this fear, not likely though) spends hours, days, weeks, even years in fear of what others will think of their work. The difference between many of them and many of us is that they willing face that fear head on. They write through the fear. On top of that, they are willing to send their work out for other writers to critique and submit to editors for possible publication. You need to adjust this way of thinking.

Do you want to face your fears? Do you want that story out of your head and down on paper? Do you want to be published?

Only you can make the decision to go forward. You don’t have to do it alone, though.

1. Step out of your comfort zone–take a chance.

2. If you are not part of a critique group, join one.

3. Look for a mentor–someone willing to listen to your fears. Let them push you past your fears.

4. Write a goal list, for your writing. As part of this list, add a section for failures achieved. Why? So that you can mark off everything you’ve learned along the way.

5. Look at writing as growing process. By changing your perspective of failure, you’ll note that each lesson learned makes you stronger and more skilled as a writer, moving you one-step closer to achieving your dream.

6. ALWAYS, remember the difference between defeat and success is PERSERVERENCE.

Failing is not failure.

As Thomas Edison said, “I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.”

DeAnn Sicard


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