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: Word Association

Word association games are great because they let you ignore the usual rules of grammar and sentence structure. The base idea of a word association game is to say the first word that comes to mind. So, for example if someone says blue and your first thought is berry, then you'd say berry. The next… Continue reading Exercise: Word Association

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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

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The Short End of Word Count

As a writer, one of the things I have to keep an eye on is word count. A lot of advice out there tells you how to cut down your word count. After all, something that's too long won't sell. Readers don't want to spend three hours reading something that could be read in an… Continue reading The Short End of Word Count

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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