The words you use

Do you ever have a hard time finding just the right word? I do. My vocabulary sucks is horrendous.  I often fall back on the words I use in my everyday speech and seeing as I mostly talk to my dog, plants, and, maybe, the bathtub; that’s probably not a good idea. What to do? … More The words you use

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Standing apart

If you have been following my blog for a while, you may have noticed that I am reviewing the Writer’s Digest 25 Ways to Improve Your Writing in 30 Minutes a Day article.  In an effort to improve my writing, I thought it would be a good idea to explore the 25 tips in a blog post for each. … More Standing apart

Figuring Prose

Folks who write poetry do it well. All great writer’s are masters at it. And folks like me often have no idea what they are talking about. What am I talking about? 21. Figurative Language Figurative language can enrich our writing, adding nuance and depth, like the addition of a harmony line to a melody. … More Figuring Prose

Evocative Writing and my precious word count and GRRM’s dirge

I know, my posts should be focused, and not scattered about talking about one thing then another.  I actually have folks who have subscribed to my blog recently that I do not personally know (I’m sure they will unsubscribe as soon as they figure out I’m a hack). Regardless, dear new suckers readers, I will … More Evocative Writing and my precious word count and GRRM’s dirge

Tension

It’s been awhile since I visited the Writer’s Digest 25 Ways to Improve Your Writing in 30 Minutes a Day.  I noticed that Emmie Mears recently finished off her review of these tips, and I felt like such a loser for dropping the ball that I promised myself I would do at least one tip review during … More Tension

Communication

A visit to the Writer’s Digest 25 Ways to Improve Your Writing in 30 Minutes a Day tip article offers us this: 18. Communication Good writing connects with readers. For each piece you write, ask yourself: Who is my audience? Imagine the people you’d most like to reach. What do I want the experience and result of this … More Communication

K.I.C.S.

Wait. Do I mean K.I.S.S. – Keep It Simple, Stupid? Nope! I mean: Keep It Clear, Stupid. 😀  K.I.C.S. Catchy, no? Anyway… I critiqued a very interesting story this week.  A mash of science fiction, religion, physics theory, and Native American mythology.  To be honest, it went completely over my head. As smart as I like … More K.I.C.S.