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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

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Writer’s Tip #29: No Exclamation Points! Please!

When you read your story, does it sound off, maybe you can’t quite put your finger on it, but you know you’ve done something wrong? Sometimes–maybe even lots of times–there are simple fixes. These writer’s tips will come at you once a week, giving you plenty of time to go through your story and make … Continue reading

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Writer’s Tip #25: It Depends On the Definition of the Word ‘It’

When you read your story, does it sound off, maybe you can’t quite put your finger on it, but you know you’ve done something wrong? Sometimes–maybe even lots of times–there are simple fixes. These writer’s tips will come at you once a week, giving you plenty of time to go through your story and make … Continue reading

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Writer’s Tip #45: Finish Sentences

Today’s tip: Finish your thoughts. Limit ellipses and sentence fragments.

Beginners use ellipses to show authenticity in a scene, but what it becomes is unrealistic. Most of us finish our sentences because our listeners wouldn’t understand. Even in interior monologue, we complete the thought, it’s just fast. Continue reading