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Hunter Grayson flits from job to job, relationship to relationship, continent to continent until thetragic death of her parents brings her back to her childhood home.While trying to figure out how to move forward, she meets wild, fun Natalya Haven, who quickly becomes the sister she never had. But when Natalya moves in, their friendship unravels.
A second tragedy sends Hunter to a small town in New Mexico, a town out of her own past. For Hunter, that's more than a coincidence, that's fate. Natalya's family will fill the void in her life. Natalya's parents will become her parents. She and Natalya's brother will fall in love. But nothing is ever that simple....

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Re: Why You Should Avoid "Feel" in Writing: 50 Alternatives
« Reply #175 on: May 01, 2017, 06:06:55 AM »
May 1: Why You Should Avoid "Feel" in Writing: 50 Alternatives
Whenever you write about a character feeling something, you distance readers from your narrative. Here's how to avoid the "feel" trap.

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Do You Suffer from Contractionitis?
« Reply #176 on: May 08, 2017, 06:31:36 AM »
May 8: 8 Guidelines for Contractions in Writing
Contractions were invented centuries ago. They make our writing more personable. Beware that you don't develop contractionitis, though.

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Re: 8 Guidelines for Contractions in Writing
« Reply #177 on: May 08, 2017, 07:20:59 AM »
May 8: 8 Guidelines for Contractions in Writing
Contractions were invented centuries ago. They make our writing more personable. Beware that you don't develop contractionitis, though.
Do people really try to use 's to mean "was"?? That would confuse me for sure!

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Re: 8 Guidelines for Contractions in Writing
« Reply #178 on: May 08, 2017, 08:13:27 AM »
Do people really try to use 's to mean "was"?? That would confuse me for sure!

They sure do. I see it when reading or doing critiques. Unless the context is clear, an apostrophe-s can disconcert readers.

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Re: GrandmaBirdie's Lists: 120 Ways to Say "Pout"
« Reply #179 on: May 15, 2017, 06:19:50 AM »
May 15: 120 Ways to Say "Pout"
The usual replacement chosen by writers for "pout" is "pursed lips," an unoriginal phrase. Try these alternatives instead.

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May 22: Too Many Sighs of Relief in Your Writing? 75 Alternatives
Do your protagonists sigh in relief or breathe sighs of relief on every second page? Maybe it's time for a rewrite.

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Re: GrandmaBirdie's Lists: 100+ Ways to Say "Blush"
« Reply #181 on: May 29, 2017, 06:57:19 AM »
May 29: 100+ Ways to Say "Blush"
Why do people blush? Writers should know their characters' motivations. Then, their duty is to show readers the cause of each blush.

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Re: GrandmaBirdie's Lists: 4 Guidelines for Stacked Modifiers
« Reply #182 on: June 05, 2017, 06:30:29 AM »
June 5: 4 Guidelines for Stacked Modifiers
Should you worry about adjective order or how many modifiers you include in a sequence? What about commas and hyphens? Read this article for the answers.

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Re: GrandmaBirdie's Lists: 100+ Ways to Say "Blush"
« Reply #183 on: June 05, 2017, 09:33:51 AM »
May 29: 100+ Ways to Say "Blush"
Why do people blush? Writers should know their characters' motivations. Then, their duty is to show readers the cause of each blush.

Hooboy, I need this one. I constantly find myself wanting to make my MC blush. It's a writing tic. So embarrassing. <blush>




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Re: GrandmaBirdie's Lists: 4 Guidelines for Stacked Modifiers
« Reply #184 on: June 05, 2017, 09:39:13 AM »
June 5: 4 Guidelines for Stacked Modifiers
Should you worry about adjective order or how many modifiers you include in a sequence? What about commas and hyphens? Read this article for the answers.

I'd heard we were moving away from the absolute requirement that preceding compound modifiers be hyphenated in favor of an "if needed" approach.

ETA: Or should I say, an "if-needed" approach. ;)




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Re: GrandmaBirdie's Lists: 100+ Ways to Say "Blush"
« Reply #185 on: June 05, 2017, 12:02:50 PM »
Hooboy, I need this one. I constantly find myself wanting to make my MC blush. It's a writing tic. So embarrassing. <blush>

 ;D "Hooboy"--I like. First time I've seen it.

I'd heard we were moving away from the absolute requirement that preceding compound modifiers be hyphenated in favor of an "if needed" approach.

ETA: Or should I say, an "if-needed" approach. ;)

Hyphenation isn't an absolute requirement, but a recommendation, although Chicago Manual of Style calls some of the guidelines rules.

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Re: GrandmaBirdie's Lists: 4 Guidelines for Stacked Modifiers
« Reply #186 on: June 05, 2017, 06:53:33 PM »
These guides are really great. I feel like I'm becoming a stacked modifier and em dash Jedi. Thanks for the info!

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Re: GrandmaBirdie's Lists: 4 Guidelines for Stacked Modifiers
« Reply #187 on: June 05, 2017, 08:34:52 PM »
These guides are really great. I feel like I'm becoming a stacked modifier and em dash Jedi. Thanks for the info!

My pleasure, Kenny!

Do you have a wishlist of overused words or  grammar idiosyncrasies you'd like me to tackle for an upcoming blog post?

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Re: GrandmaBirdie's Lists: 4 Guidelines for Stacked Modifiers
« Reply #188 on: June 06, 2017, 12:18:46 PM »
My pleasure, Kenny!

Do you have a wishlist of overused words or  grammar idiosyncrasies you'd like me to tackle for an upcoming blog post?

I can't really think of anything specific, but I do appreciate all the guides you have created so far and look forward to whatever topics you post about in the future. Thanks again.

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June 12: Too Many Filter Words in Your Writing? 80 Alternatives
Why should you avoid filter words? Think of the last time you stood in line at a bank or grocery store. Did you enjoy the wait?

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Re: GrandmaBirdie's Lists: 50 Alternatives for "Wink" in Writing
« Reply #190 on: June 19, 2017, 07:57:54 AM »
June 19: 50 Alternatives for "Wink" in Writing
Do your characters wink so often that their eyes resemble flashing signal lights? A wink is a vague action that might be misconstrued. Try these alternatives.

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Re: GrandmaBirdie's Lists: 50 Alternatives for "Wink" in Writing
« Reply #191 on: June 19, 2017, 12:28:24 PM »
Tangentially related questions/thoughts:
Do people ACTUALLY wink that much? The only times I ever wink are when I'm doing it ironically (like, "Gosh, what a shame that my horrible coworker got fired, I'm all torn up about it. I'll miss her so much." *hugely exaggerated wink*). I can't remember the last time I saw anyone - of any age, gender, or societal role - do it, unless they were doing it for a camera. But it shows up in manuscripts all the time. Do I just live in a winkless pocket of the world? Or is it maybe something people have begun doing more as a result of the use of the 'winky face' to help convey tone in casual written conversation?
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Re: GrandmaBirdie's Lists: 50 Alternatives for "Wink" in Writing
« Reply #192 on: June 19, 2017, 03:59:28 PM »
But it shows up in manuscripts all the time. Do I just live in a winkless pocket of the world? Or is it maybe something people have begun doing more as a result of the use of the 'winky face' to help convey tone in casual written conversation?

Exactly. I recently read something that contained so many winks I couldn't concentrate on the story. Like you, Serenity, I seldom wink and rarely see one in real life.

BTW for future interest, what day of the week are you most likely to read blogs? I post on Mondays but would be glad to change the day to match the preferences of readers.