Tag Archives: word choice

How much description to use?

I think about this one often.  And I’ll admit right up front that I probably fall on the side of not enough description.  My style of description is something along the lines of “there were mountains and rolling plains and it … Continue reading

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Some more commonly confused words

In honor of the fact that Yahoo! keeps using duel when they mean dual, I thought I’d list off a few more words I see that can or are confused with one another: -ball vs. bawl -won vs. one -cannon vs. … Continue reading

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If you want to write – read!

I’ve said it before, but it’s time to say it again.  If you want to be a writer, you need to read.  You need to read a lot.  And, once you know what type of writing you want to do, you … Continue reading

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A little random humor (and a bit of a reading challenge)

If today is anything like yesterday (the first three times I tried to think that sentence, I had it backwards – “If yesterday is anything like today.  No, no…other way.”), this is the last chance I’ll have to make a blog … Continue reading

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I learned a word I misuse yesterday!

So, it turns out I’ve never really thought about it, but I would have (prior to yesterday) misused pour/pore if I were even given the chance.  I always thought of the word “pore” as relating to skin pores.  (As in, “she has small … Continue reading

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Writing to show culture

Today, during jury duty, I finished reading The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency – Tears of the Giraffe by Alexander McCall Smith. To me it was an excellent novel for how the writing (word choice, character names, description, etc.) showed the … Continue reading

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Dialogue revisited – cussing

I love Ursula K. Le Guin.  I haven’t read anything by her in ages.  (I fully intend to rectify the situation when I’m home in a few weeks and can buy books for less than $20 a pop.  Americans do … Continue reading

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Why it’s important to learn how to spell

I was lurking a writers’ forum yesterday and saw someone comment that it’s not important for a writer to learn how to spell, because spellcheck will find any spelling errors.  WRONG. Sure, spellcheck is great for finding every instance of “hte” … Continue reading

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Lol? Really? You really laughed out loud at that?

I hate “lol” with a burning passion.  This is probably one of those generational things.  I’m a literal person.  If you use lol, I assume you mean you laughed out loud.  If you call a woman a MILF, I assume … Continue reading

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Meta messages and dialogue

This sounds fancier than it is.  And I probably wouldn’t have used the phrase “meta message” if a friend hadn’t used it the other night when we were all having a drunken discussion.  Somehow my brain took that discussion and connected … Continue reading

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