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Re: GrandmaBirdie's Lists: Exclamation Points! Plague or Pleasure?
« Reply #150 on: March 20, 2017, 11:03:40 AM »
Maybe approach this from the opposite angle.

Decide what emotion your protagonist is experiencing. Stand in front of a mirror and pretend you're feeling that way. What does your face look like? Where are your hands and feet? Are you leaning forward/backward or cocking your head? All you need is one or two well-described action beats to transform your protagonist from a marionette into a breathing person on the page. Body language, like character descriptions, can be overdone.

Thanks, I'll try something like that next time.

I absolutely agree about body language being overdone.  When somebody in a book I'm reading chews their lip (while talking!), furrows their brow and clenches their teeth on every page to show some kind of mood thing, I quickly tire of it...

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Re: GrandmaBirdie's Lists: Exclamation Points! Plague or Pleasure?
« Reply #151 on: March 23, 2017, 08:56:30 AM »
The book is now available at all the Amazons: The Writer's Lexicon.



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Re: GrandmaBirdie's Lists: Book is Out
« Reply #152 on: March 23, 2017, 09:02:20 AM »
Thank you! Picked up a copy.

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Re: GrandmaBirdie's Lists: Book is Out
« Reply #153 on: March 23, 2017, 09:03:26 AM »
The ebook is a steal at 99c! Got the ebook and will likely pick up the print version after I've danced around digitally.

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Re: GrandmaBirdie's Lists: Over 200 Ways to Say "Shake the Head"
« Reply #154 on: March 27, 2017, 06:14:13 AM »
March 27: Over 200 Ways to Say "Shake the Head." Shaking heads appear so often in fiction they make me shake my head in disbelief. Are you aware that in some areas of the world a headshake signals agreement?

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Re: GrandmaBirdie's Lists: Over 200 Ways to Say "Shake the Head"
« Reply #155 on: March 28, 2017, 08:33:23 AM »
just got mine. Best of success Kathy
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Re: GrandmaBirdie's Lists: Over 200 Ways to Say "Shake the Head"
« Reply #156 on: March 28, 2017, 08:00:56 PM »
just got mine. Best of success Kathy

Thanks, Desmond!

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Re: GrandmaBirdie's Lists: 100 Ways to Say "Clear the Throat"
« Reply #157 on: April 03, 2017, 05:48:51 AM »
Today's addition: 100 Ways to Say "Clear the Throat." Have you ever shared space with someone who clears their throat every few minutes? Annoying. Fictional characters who do that will annoy readers too.

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Re: GrandmaBirdie's Lists: 100 Ways to Say "Clear the Throat"
« Reply #158 on: April 03, 2017, 06:32:48 AM »
Today's addition: 100 Ways to Say "Clear the Throat." Have you ever shared space with someone who clears their throat every few minutes? Annoying. Fictional characters who do that will annoy readers too.
How did you know late last night one of my characters cleared his throat...AGAIN!


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Re: GrandmaBirdie's Lists: 100 Ways to Say "Clear the Throat"
« Reply #159 on: April 03, 2017, 06:39:34 AM »
How did you know late last night one of my characters cleared his throat...AGAIN!

 8) Guess where I find my best ideas? From my own WIP. Guilty, guilty, guilty.

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Re: GrandmaBirdie's Lists: 100 Ways to Say "Clear the Throat"
« Reply #160 on: April 03, 2017, 06:44:15 AM »
These are great and a big help! Thanks!!!

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Re: GrandmaBirdie's Lists: 100 Ways to Say "Clear the Throat"
« Reply #161 on: April 03, 2017, 08:11:10 AM »
These are great and a big help! Thanks!!!

My pleasure, Marti!

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Re: GrandmaBirdie's Lists: 100 Ways to Say "Clear the Throat"
« Reply #162 on: April 05, 2017, 10:58:22 AM »
Hi Kathy,

I just wanted to say thanks for these lists and your book. I'm working on the second draft of my manuscript and I've found myself turning to your book and website more than once, so thanks!  ;D

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Re: GrandmaBirdie's Lists: 100 Ways to Say "Clear the Throat"
« Reply #163 on: April 05, 2017, 04:32:12 PM »
Hi Kathy,

I just wanted to say thanks for these lists and your book. I'm working on the second draft of my manuscript and I've found myself turning to your book and website more than once, so thanks!  ;D

My pleasure! Thanks for your support, Alan.

Next week I start on Volume II with 200 Ways to Say "Bad."

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Re: GrandmaBirdie's Lists: 100 Ways to Say "Clear the Throat"
« Reply #164 on: April 05, 2017, 05:21:43 PM »
How did I miss that you published a book with all your helpful tips?

I just nabbed a copy. Thanks so much for publishing it. I've been looking forward to it. Best of luck and thanks so much for your lists. I find them very useful.

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Re: GrandmaBirdie's Lists: 100 Ways to Say "Clear the Throat"
« Reply #165 on: April 07, 2017, 08:09:40 AM »
These are great! I bought your book yesterday as well. I'm looking forward to using it.


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Re: GrandmaBirdie's Lists: 100 Ways to Say "Clear the Throat"
« Reply #166 on: April 07, 2017, 09:37:22 AM »
How did I miss that you published a book with all your helpful tips?

I just nabbed a copy. Thanks so much for publishing it. I've been looking forward to it. Best of luck and thanks so much for your lists. I find them very useful.

These are great! I bought your book yesterday as well. I'm looking forward to using it.

Thanks, FFJ and Rickie! As of today, The Writer's Lexicon is an Amazon Best Seller.

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Re: GrandmaBirdie's Lists: The Writer's Lexicon is now an Amazon Best Seller
« Reply #167 on: April 08, 2017, 04:24:37 AM »
Congratulations, Grandma Birdie on your success with this book! Writers of all ages, genres, and levels owe you a big giant thank you.


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Re: GrandmaBirdie's Lists: The Writer's Lexicon is now an Amazon Best Seller
« Reply #168 on: April 08, 2017, 08:26:12 AM »
Just bought this precious tome to soothe my wordsmith's angst . Congratulations, Kathy.

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Re: GrandmaBirdie's Lists: The Writer's Lexicon is now an Amazon Best Seller
« Reply #169 on: April 10, 2017, 06:22:47 AM »
Congratulations, Grandma Birdie on your success with this book! Writers of all ages, genres, and levels owe you a big giant thank you.

Thanks, Sapphire!

Just bought this precious tome to soothe my wordsmith's angst . Congratulations, Kathy.

Thanks, Dan!


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Re: GrandmaBirdie's Lists: The Writer's Lexicon is now an Amazon Best Seller
« Reply #170 on: April 10, 2017, 06:24:43 AM »
Today's post:

200 Ways to Say "Bad"

Overuse will transform "bad" into a pest that annoys readers worse than an army of angry ants. Try these alternatives.

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Re: GrandmaBirdie's Lists: 200 Ways to Say "Good"
« Reply #171 on: April 17, 2017, 06:37:09 AM »
Today's word list: 200 Ways to Say "Good." Does "good" plague every second paragraph of your WIP? Try these alternatives.

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Re: GrandmaBirdie's Lists: Exclamation Points! Plague or Pleasure?
« Reply #172 on: April 17, 2017, 08:12:05 AM »
The book is now available at all the Amazons: The Writer's Lexicon.

Got mine! :)




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Re: GrandmaBirdie's Lists: 100 Ways to Say "Nice"
« Reply #174 on: April 24, 2017, 06:26:22 AM »
April 24: 100 Ways to Say "Nice." "Nice" is an unpretentious word that doesn't pack a lot of punch. 100 alternatives.

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