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Re: GrandmaBirdie's Lists: 120 Ways to Say "Itchy"
« Reply #200 on: July 03, 2017, 08:04:41 am »
July 3: 120 Ways to Say "Itchy"
Are you frustrated because you can't find synonyms for "itchy"? You're not alone. "Itchy" is a ticklish word with few close relatives.

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    Re: GrandmaBirdie's Lists: 85 Alternatives for Clenched Fists
    « Reply #201 on: July 10, 2017, 06:48:38 am »
    85 Alternatives for Clenched Fists
    How often do your characters clench their fists? A fist is a tightly closed hand with the fingers doubled into the palm. So do clenching fists make sense?

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    Re: GrandmaBirdie's Lists: Over 150 Ways to Say "Put"
    « Reply #202 on: July 17, 2017, 06:52:51 am »
    July 17: Over 150 Ways to Say "Put"
    A writer can often replace "put" with a single verb that shows distinct action. However, "put" also appears in hundreds of phrases.

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    Re: GrandmaBirdie's Lists: 100 Ways to Say "Sexy"
    « Reply #203 on: July 24, 2017, 06:41:20 am »
    July 24: 100 Ways to Say "Sexy"
    If you discuss with others what "sexy" means, you'll find varying opinions. That's part of what makes it a weak adjective. However, you have alternatives.

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    Re: GrandmaBirdie's Lists: 200 Ways to Say "Angry"
    « Reply #204 on: August 14, 2017, 06:41:09 am »
    August 14: 200 Ways to Say "Angry"
    "Angry" is an innocuous word--unless it appears too often. These alternatives will help you avoid "angry" repetitions (and angry readers).

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    Re: GrandmaBirdie's Lists: 200 Ways to Say "Angry"
    « Reply #205 on: August 17, 2017, 01:13:48 pm »
    Have you got one for Beautiful?

    I'm sick of trying to think up new ways to describe my heroines in my blurbs: I've done, beautiful, gorgeous, stunning, alluring and attractive... I'm out of adjectives.

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    Re: GrandmaBirdie's Lists: 200 Ways to Say "Angry"
    « Reply #206 on: August 17, 2017, 01:16:11 pm »
    Have you got one for Beautiful?

    I'm sick of trying to think up new ways to describe my heroines in my blurbs: I've done, beautiful, gorgeous, stunning, alluring and attractive... I'm out of adjectives.

    Sure do, Evenstar.

    http://kathysteinemann.com/Musings/ways-to-say-beautiful/

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    Re: GrandmaBirdie's Lists: 200 Ways to Say "Angry"
    « Reply #207 on: August 17, 2017, 04:28:09 pm »
    Sure do, Evenstar.

    http://kathysteinemann.com/Musings/ways-to-say-beautiful/

    Nice one! Thanks Grandma  ;)

    I bookmarked that page as I think I'll be using it a lot.

    Though I did giggle a bit over "flabbergasting".  Not that it's a new word to me, but when you look at it it's kind of a strange one. What is flabber and why is it gasted? It doesn't sound very pretty in that context.

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    Re: GrandmaBirdie's Lists: 200 Ways to Say "Angry"
    « Reply #208 on: August 17, 2017, 07:44:13 pm »
    Though I did giggle a bit over "flabbergasting".  Not that it's a new word to me, but when you look at it it's kind of a strange one. What is flabber and why is it gasted? It doesn't sound very pretty in that context.

     ;) "Flabbergasting" wouldn't sound right in a romance novel, but an adolescent with a crush might describe his love interest that way.

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    Re: GrandmaBirdie's Lists: 200 Ways to Say "Angry"
    « Reply #209 on: August 18, 2017, 06:27:16 am »
    Wow, I love your lists.
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    Re: GrandmaBirdie's Lists: 200 Ways to Say "Angry"
    « Reply #210 on: August 18, 2017, 08:29:34 am »
    Wow, I love your lists.

    Thanks, Mae!

    Next week: Ways to Reduce "-ly" Adverb Abuse.

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    Re: GrandmaBirdie's Lists: 6 Ways to Reduce "-ly" Adverb Abuse
    « Reply #211 on: August 21, 2017, 06:51:12 am »
    August 21: 6 Ways to Reduce "-ly" Adverb Abuse
    Mark Twain found adverbs unexciting. So do readers. Energize your writing by pruning adverbs that end in "-ly". These steps will help.

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    Re: GrandmaBirdie's Lists: 100+ Ways to Say "Sad"
    « Reply #212 on: August 28, 2017, 05:49:24 am »
    August 28: 100+ Ways to Say "Sad"
    Emotion in writing captivates readers, but if Mary Sue is sad on every page, she soon becomes irritating. Try these alternatives.

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    Re: GrandmaBirdie's Lists: 100+ Ways to Say "Sad"
    « Reply #213 on: September 01, 2017, 10:17:02 am »
    Do you have a tutorial on how to eliminate words like would and could? They are my kryptonite.
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    Re: GrandmaBirdie's Lists: 100+ Ways to Say "Sad"
    « Reply #214 on: September 01, 2017, 11:50:11 am »
    Do you have a tutorial on how to eliminate words like would and could? They are my kryptonite.

    Not yet, but I've added it to my to-do list. Thanks for the idea, LifesHumor.

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    Re: GrandmaBirdie's Lists: Redundancies 102: 250+ Ways to Reduce Word Bloat
    « Reply #215 on: September 05, 2017, 11:09:54 am »
    September 4: Redundancies 102: 250+ Ways to Reduce Word Bloat
    Is your WIP plagued by word bloat? This post provides over 250 phrases that you can delete, or replace with shorter alternatives.

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    Re: GrandmaBirdie's Lists: 9 Writing "Rules" Examined
    « Reply #216 on: September 11, 2017, 06:20:25 am »
    September 11: Rules, Rules, Rules. 9 Writing "Rules" Examined
    Rules barrage writers from all sides. This post dissects a few rules and presents examples of why they might (or might not) be valid.

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    Re: GrandmaBirdie's Lists: How to Exploit Negativity in Writing
    « Reply #217 on: September 18, 2017, 07:23:03 am »
    September 18: How to Exploit Negativity in Writing
    Most people use negative words in dialogue. But would creative writing be stronger without all the nothings, nones, nevers, and nots?

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    Re: GrandmaBirdie's Lists: How to Conquer Your Crutch Words
    « Reply #218 on: September 25, 2017, 07:03:58 am »
    September 25: How to Conquer Your Crutch Words
    Crutch words contribute nothing more than fluff. These obnoxious weeds creep through your work and choke its vitality.

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    Re: GrandmaBirdie's Lists: 9 Ways to Reduce Reader Confusion
    « Reply #219 on: October 02, 2017, 07:06:15 am »
    October 2: 9 Ways to Reduce Reader Confusion
    If you confuse readers, your narrative will be ineffectual. This post suggests alternatives for several instances of confusing wording.

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    Re: GrandmaBirdie's Lists: Action Beats: More than Dialogue Tag Surrogates
    « Reply #220 on: October 09, 2017, 09:45:04 am »
    October 9: Action Beats: More than Dialogue Tag Surrogates
    Action beats, like any literary device, distract readers if abused. Overreliance on them weakens writing.

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    Re: GrandmaBirdie's Lists: Action Beats: More than Dialogue Tag Surrogates
    « Reply #221 on: October 10, 2017, 05:05:04 am »
    ... but the moment it kills momentum, it has to go.

    Exactly. And that is the point with so many literary devices, including show.
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    Re: GrandmaBirdie's Lists: Action Beats: More than Dialogue Tag Surrogates
    « Reply #222 on: October 10, 2017, 06:12:05 am »
    I'm remembering when I tried to do only action beats and no dialogue tags. It didn't work.

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    Re: GrandmaBirdie's Lists: Strong Verbs Cheat Sheet
    « Reply #223 on: October 16, 2017, 06:39:23 am »
    October 16: Strong Verbs Cheat Sheet
    Ambiguous verbs dilute writing. Strong verbs invigorate narrative and deliver precise meanings--without increasing word count.

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    Re: GrandmaBirdie's Lists: Strong Verbs Cheat Sheet
    « Reply #224 on: October 16, 2017, 02:41:35 pm »
    Thanks grandmabirdie, I was just over using the word look today. Very timely!  :-*

     :-* Thanks, Twisted!

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