authors / characters / descriptors / writers resources

113 Ways to Characterize Your Protagonist

There are a lot of words that describe you and I at different times during the day. Our job as writers is to notice what those moods and attitudes are and put a word to them so readers will feel them. ‘Sad’ doesn’t have enough depth, but ‘bitter’, ‘stricken’, ‘grieved’, and heartsick’ all tell us … Continue reading

authors / characters / communication / descriptors / headaches / words / writers resources / writing

Words Lie, Body Language Doesn’t

Why is it that when you look at certain people, you think they’re pleasant or kind, or maybe even mean? Before they say a word, you make judgments about whether you want to saunter over and listen to their words. It’s their body language–the set of their mouth, their facial expressions, their gestures. Often, these … Continue reading

authors / words

I love Words

I love words. I subscribe to all sorts of Word-a-days. I adopted an arcane word–utible–and attempt to use it weekly (daily turned out to be non-utible. People get angry if you use words they don’t understand. Even the members of my writer’s group pushed back on me). I love finding new words that say exactly … Continue reading

authors / grammar and spelling / homeschool / words / writing

Beautiful Words

What makes you want to remember a word like cornucopia, abecederian, heterodoxy, circumlocution when you read it? ? Do you try to decode it first–Is ‘-locution’ the root?  and what’s the prefix–’hetero-’ tell you about the meaning? What about the suffix -ian–does that make it a noun? Here’s a great word that roles off your … Continue reading