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Re: GrandmaBirdie's Lists: 100 Ways to Say "Clear the Throat"
« Reply #150 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 #151 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 #152 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 #153 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 #154 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 #155 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 #156 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 #157 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 #158 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
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    Re: GrandmaBirdie's Lists: The Writer's Lexicon is now an Amazon Best Seller
    « Reply #160 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 #161 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 #162 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 #163 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 #165 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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    Re: Why You Should Avoid "Feel" in Writing: 50 Alternatives
    « Reply #166 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 #167 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 #168 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 #169 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 #170 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 #172 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 #173 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 #174 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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