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Synonyms for the 96 most commonly used words in English

This list will come in handy during revisions.

Just English

Amazing incredible, unbelievable, improbable, fabulous, wonderful, fantastic, astonishing, astounding, extraordinary

Anger enrage, infuriate, arouse, nettle, exasperate, inflame, madden

Angry mad, furious, enraged, excited, wrathful, indignant, exasperated, aroused, inflamed

 

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Margie-Rule # 1: Never Take Any Word for Granted

Brilliant and inspiring examples of strong writing. Man oh man do I want to take one of these classes. I love the deep editing used to dissect each passage. Excellent post. Thanks for sharing. — reblogging.

Writers In The Storm Blog

Hot News Flash!  Multi multi Margie Grad, Laura Drake, has just been announced as a double RITA Finalist (for those who don’t know, that’s the Oscars for Romance)!  See what a little Margie can do?

 By Margie Lawson

A big THANK Margie LawsonYOU to Laura Drake and Fae Rowen for inviting me on WITS , and hugs to Sharla for loading it on the blog.

Do you watch NCIS?

I love giving my brain a weekly dose of NCIS. Millions of others love the show too. The stories are intriguing. The characters are deep and quirky. And Jethro Gibbs, aka Mark Harmon, has rules.

Gibbs has lots of rules. Over 50 rules.

I’m spinning-off Margie-Rules from Gibbs’ rules. My next fifteen (or fifty) blogs will feature a different Margie-Rule.

I appreciate the NCIS writers for their award-winning writing, and for giving Gibbs rules.

Gibbs’ Rule # 8: Never take anything for granted.

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Great advice from Terrible Minds

http://terribleminds.com/ramble/2014/03/19/in-writing-there-are-rules-and-then-there-are-rules/

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13 Words You Probably Didn’t Know Were Coined By Authors

It’s a gloomy, rainy Wednesday in my corner of the world. These little tidbits added some fun to my morning.

Just English

Boredom

If you’re not a fan of his books then it’s probably no surprise that Charles Dickens is credited with inventing the word boredom in his classic 1853 novel Bleak

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Confessions of a Logophile

In between my search for my next favorite novel, I’ve caught up on some fan fiction. There are many gifted yarn spinners out there in the Fandom, yet I’ve struggled with just about every fic I’ve read lately.

Why? Grammar — primarily the misuse of words.

http://www.dailywritingtips.com/category/misused-words/

I’ve always been a bit of a word nerd, and nothing cools my jets faster than someone throwing words around all willy-nilly. Just because two words look and sound similar does not make them interchangeable.

[*raises hand*I’m Daph, and I can’t make my fingers put a Y in flier when I know I’m supposed to.

*Side-eyes self* A pamphlet and an aviator are very different things.

*hangs head in shame* I know.]

I can overlook some errors in favor of the story, but it has to be one helluva story. When I read and come across a misused word, I feel like the writer is saying, “You know what I meant.”  No, boo-boo, we ain’t playing Guesstures. 

I’ll be the first to admit: I’m a major fic snob, and I’m unapologetic about it. If a writer expects readers to spend their valuable time with their creations, then they should give us readers their best words. Right? However, as with the prevalent misuse of “literally” has shown, we have no idea what some of those words mean. 

Mandy Patinkin & Wallace Shawn — The Princess Bride

I suppose my issue isn’t so much with the writer, it’s the dissolution of rules…and dare I say: standards. I read an article the other day which said, “…dictionaries do not show how words should be used, but how they are commonly used… .”

http://grammar.about.com/od/words/a/UsageGlossary.htm

This is unsettling to me, like an “everybody’s doing it” mentality. Language has gotten so lazy — I blame Instant Messaging and texting.  I’m no fool. I know language changes over time, but it’s important for writers to stay true to themselves. Write well. Write simply. Write your truth.

http://www.buzzfeed.com/adamellis/17-misused-and-made-up-words-that-make-you-rage

I think Stephen King said it best in his memoir On Writing, “One of the really bad things you can do to your writing is to dress up the vocabulary, looking for long words because you may be a little ashamed of your shorter ones. This is like dressing up a household pet in evening clothes. The pet is embarrassed and the person who committed this act of premeditated cuteness should be even more embarrassed.”

To paraphrase: Trying to sound smart makes you look stupid. 

Your stone throwing may commence. *puts up telekinetic shield*

Happy writing!!

 

On Writing by Stephen King

http://www.amazon.com/On-Writing-Anniversary-Edition-Memoir/dp/1439156816
I’ve seen this book quoted like the Bible. Being Stephen King’s thoughts on his writing journey, and considering myself a lifelong fan, I had to add this to my library. However, over the year-something I’ve owned this book, I’ve never read it cover-to-cover. And I call myself a fan…

Another confession: I almost never read book Forwards.

I read this one (there are actually three) and wanted to slap myself for contemplating skipping over the wealth of knowledge shared in those few pages.  I’ve already learned so much.

I’m only a couple chapters in, but I know this volume will end up looking like a unicorn threw up on it. I’m already marking this bad boy up. Simply the way he describes his childhood has me awestruck: “Mine is a fogged-out landscape from which occasional memories appear like isolated trees … the kind that look as if they might like to grab and eat you.”

I haven’t read much of his recent stuff, but lines like this remind me why I used to live in his books of short stories for days on end, hardly surfacing for sustenance.

Do yourself a favor, get this book.

Reading IS Fundamental

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