worldbuilding

Worldbuilding: Word and Phrases

A lot of worldbuilding is thinking about big-scale things. It’s thinking about things like transportation systems and political hierarchies. It’s accounting for trade systems and timelines of development. But every so often, it helps to take a moment away from the big picture and focus instead on details. One place it might surprise you to… Continue reading Worldbuilding: Word and Phrases

General

Five Unusual Words

Words do a lot of work. Between their actual meaning, their syllables and their connotations, they can invoke emotions and images. Consider sibilant and hissing. They both indicate the same ‘s’ sound associated with snakes and harsh whispers. Some dictionaries even use one to help define the other! Yet, they evoke and conjure entirely different… Continue reading Five Unusual Words

Exercises

Exercise: Vocabulary

As a writer, you’re always searching for the best word. Word choice is probably one of the most important tools you can develop. It helps when you have plenty of words to choose from. The best way to give yourself those choices is to develop your vocabulary. As an exercise: find a vocab list of… Continue reading Exercise: Vocabulary

writing

Word Confusion

There are some words that are all too easy to get confused. While there are entire lists debating how to keep them straight and offering helpful tips and tricks for pairs like lose and loose, there's always a few more than slip through. And, dependent on which words you know best, you might be surprised… Continue reading Word Confusion

writing

Filler Words

One of the biggest struggles with being a writer is length. If a story is too short, you risk readers being confused. If it's too long, you might have a harder time getting it published and bought. Today I'm focusing on the long end of that scale, and one of the reasons why you might… Continue reading Filler Words