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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.

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

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


SPOTLIGHT on Bobbie Cole

This author is an inspiration to us all. Her achievements are many and her love for the written word is evident in all the work she produces. I admire her and cherish her guidance. She is the driving force behind many writers, me included. Below is a Thanksgiving note from her, please take a few minutes to get to know Bobbie Cole (Sunny to all those that love her). Don’t forget to check out her work!

Thanksgiving Letter

My Wake-Up Call

My thanks to agent Ruth Cohen eons ago for my first rejection letter when I submitted ALL the mistakes a beginner possibly could. 146, single-spaced pages, football hero, sex by page 43, with a copyright since my writing partner and I were positive someone would steal that wonderful schlock.

Ruth kindly praised our writing but suggested we read a few romances or consider writing mystery, and she asked if either of us had recently gone through a divorce (we both had), because, as she put it…Your hero is a bastard.

That was about 60 short stories and 50 books ago. God bless the Ruth Cohens and Kate Duffys of the publishing industry. I owe them big time! And my thanks to friend Liz, who got me off my butt and proved that a book–albeit a bad one– could be written in two days.

Sunny, who writes as
Bobbie Cole & Lyn Cash
~ laughs & love in every book ~

Just a few titles under Bobbie Cole
Memories of You (GoodReads.com and Amazon.com)
Leaving Mama (GoodReads.com and Amazon.com)
La Bella Luna (GoodReads.com and Amazon.com)

Here are a few titles under Lyn Cash
Just Desserts (Ellora’s Cave)
Mistress Mine
Ring of Seduction (Ellora’s Cave)

Words to Replace Said, part 2

This list is all about words that can be used to replace the word he/she SAID (part 2) in your writing.
This group covers the B,C,D and E words to use as substitutes for SAID. Hope you can find some use for this list (115 words) when it comes to tightening and strengthening your writing.

babbled bantered bargained
barked bawled began
begged belittled bellowed
bemoaned beseeched bickered
bid blabbed blabbered
blared blasted blurted
boasted boomed bragged
breathed brooded burst
cajoled called cautioned
chaffed challenged chanted
charged chatted chattered
chewed out chided chimed
chirped chortled chuckled
cited claimed clamored
coaxed commanded commented
communicated complained complied
conceded concluded concurred
condescending confessed confided
confirmed consented contemplated
contended contested continued
contradicted conversed conveyed
cooed corroborated counseled
countered cracked cried
criticized crowed cursed
debated decided declaimed
declared decreed defended
deliberated demanded demurred
denied denounced deposed
described desperately dictated
differed directed disagreed
discussed disputed divulged
doubted drawled driveled
droned echoed elaborated
eluded emitted emphasized
encouraged endorsed enjoined
enounced entreated entrusted
enunciated estimated exclaimed
explained exploded exposed
expounded expressed

Spotlighting: Romance Writer’s Revenge

While doing my weekly blog and website visits I came across “Romance Writer’s Revenge” a blog that has been up and running for a couple of years and offers a wide variety of topics. I loved glancing at the different pages and visiting the blogs linked to Revenge’s blog.
While reading, “Where’s the Sparkle?” by Marnee ~ July 27th, 2011, I found myself nodding and agreeing with many of her points. If you have a chance take a few minutes to stop by and check out this wonderful and informative blog. Don’t forget to check out the archives as well at http://romancewritersrevenge.com/

Would you like to have your site Spotlighted? Do you know of a site that should be spotlighted?


This list is all about words that are often MISUSED in our writing.

Accept— to receive Except— exclude
Advice— an opinion Advise— to give information
Affect— to change Effect— to accomplish
Allusion— indirect reference Illusion— mistaken perception
Almost— nearly Most— more than half
A lot— more Alot— misspelling for A lot Allot— to give something
Already— a specific time All ready— prepared
All right— adequate, average, correct Alright— misspelled for all right
Altogether— entirely All together— gather
Bad— describes nouns Badly— discribes verbs
Breath— gulp of air Breathe— take in and blow out air
Casual— informal Causal— relating to cause
cite— to quote Sight— something seen Site— is a place
Complementary— go well together Complimentary— give without charge
Conscience— recognize right and wrong Conscious— aware of something
Desert— barren area Desert— abandon Dessert— at the end of a meal
Disassemble— to dismantle Dissemble— to tell lies
Discreet— showing discernment Discrete— separate parts
Emigrate— leave one country to live in another Immigrate— become established in a new country
eminent— means emerging Imminent— about to occur Immanent— indwelling, pervading
Feature— facial parts Feature— program, entertainment
Hangar— housing for aircraft Hanger— clothes hang on
Hanged— lynched with a rope Hung— to cling
Hear— to detect sound Here— in this place
Former— first in group Latter— second in group
Good— describes nouns Well— describes verbs

Transition words for –INTENT

The following is a list of a few of the words and/or phrases that will help you to INTENT in
your writing.
The Merriam Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary describes INTENT
as “…eager attention…will concentrated on something or some end or purpose”
The Synonym Finder, by J. I. Rodale definition for INTENT, “…steadfast…attentive…watchful…mindful”

Act of intending Aim All practical purposes
Attention applied By design Concentrated
Determined Engrossed Firmly fixed
Fixed Focused On Implicit meaning
In the sense Intention On purpose
Purposes The act To focus
To plan

A Writer’s Quick Reference Guide to Words,

Wow, my e-book is up and running on Amazon and soon to be available on the other e-readers. It’s truly excited to share my love of words with so many.

“A Writer’s Quick Reference Guide to Words” is for the busy writer by having readymade lists of assemble words and phrases divided for quick and easy reference. This book is a great tool for writers, teachers, students and for businesses, no matter the age, educational needs or professional status.
Who couldn’t use a little extra help smoothing the transitions in sentences, speeches, reports or letters and e-mails? An example of the lists included in this quick and handy guide are; classify and divide, intensify, time, order and sequence and many more.

What others have already had to say about the list:
” The lists are infinitely helpful. Thanks” Barbara E.

“This is a wonderful tool…Thank you” Chris

“… this that provide useful tools for writers! I happen to need the time, order, sequence one right now to fix a line in a current ms, so thanks!” Janet T.

“Oh, bless you for this list. Seems like I get stuck on TOO and ALSO all the time. I need a good list like this.” Linda K.

“This is a wonderful site for new writer’s who have not had to think about proper grammar in years! I know I will be using it a lot!” Thanks, Kim G.

Thank you all for your kind words, your suggestions and your support. Remember to watch for more lists to come on this blog and in my next book on words.