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Re: 1200+ Ways to Describe the Sun Part 1
« Reply #325 on: January 09, 2020, 06:03:16 am »
I want a copy! Appreciate the way the book starts on "Beautiful" ;) Thanks for sharing the index and for keeping this alive. Again, want a copy . . . will get one soon:P
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    Re: 1200+ Ways to Describe the Sun Part 1
    « Reply #326 on: January 10, 2020, 12:23:30 am »
    This one from my romantic suspense novel:

    Sally stared at the distant hills. The sun was pleasantly red upon the valley. Its periphery appeared shy and rose, and they diffused and merged into the azure sky without the slightest fuss. The heavily wooded trees on either side of the valley sported mint-like tops. They painted the valley's exterior, brown and green. It appeared busy. Tweeting birds flew continuously from one side of the valley towards the other. The breeze was chilly and the air was damp with moisture. It had stopped raining an hour ago, but a mild drizzle played on, and it was filling ice cakes into the valley. Distant silvery clouds appeared trapped in the valley's backdrop. From time to time, they issued thin straw-like white lightnings. The scenic valley with its greenery and the cherry-like sun appeared like a classic cocktail glass drawn upon the canvas called Sky.
    « Last Edit: January 10, 2020, 12:25:31 am by VisitasKeat »

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    Re: 1200+ Ways to Describe the Sun Part 2
    « Reply #327 on: January 22, 2020, 09:28:00 am »
    1200+ Ways to Describe the Sun Part 2
    In the second part of this post you'll find sun verbs, nouns, props, cliches, and idioms.

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    Re: 200+ Alternatives for Wide Eyes
    « Reply #328 on: February 05, 2020, 08:02:57 am »
    200+ Alternatives for Wide Eyes
    Whether characters widen their eyes or exhibit wide-eyed gazes, those actions soon bore readers. Try these alternatives.

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    Re: 200+ Alternatives for Wide Eyes
    « Reply #329 on: February 05, 2020, 08:06:12 am »
    I'm 1000% linking this on my editing page. I see this a lot, which gets problematic when an author is using a first person POV. Describing one's autonomic response to surprise sorta steals away from the notion of the surprise itself.

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    Re: 200+ Alternatives for Wide Eyes
    « Reply #330 on: February 05, 2020, 08:10:00 am »
    I'm 1000% linking this on my editing page. I see this a lot, which gets problematic when an author is using a first person POV. Describing one's autonomic response to surprise sorta steals away from the notion of the surprise itself.

    Thanks, Lee!

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    Re: 200+ Alternatives for Wide Eyes
    « Reply #331 on: February 05, 2020, 09:32:20 am »
    Sara's eyeballs vanished into a cloud even as she arched back to grab the knife hidden behind her tee shirt. And Pellary saw the evil intentions hatch in those egg-shaped eyes.

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    Re: 350+ Ways to Replace the Verb "Take"
    « Reply #332 on: February 19, 2020, 08:15:02 am »
    350+ Ways to Replace the Verb "Take"
    "Take" appears so often you might want to take a whip to the next writer who takes liberties with it. Take a look at these alternatives.

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    Re: 350+ Ways to Replace the Verb "Take"
    « Reply #333 on: March 04, 2020, 09:37:09 am »
    500+ Ways to Replace the Verb "Make"
    "Make" often invades writing, unnoticed until a WIP is read out loud. No wonder it's a nemesis for so many writers. Try these replacements.

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    Re: 300+ Ways to Say "Happy"
    « Reply #334 on: March 18, 2020, 10:01:55 am »
    300+ Ways to Say "Happy"
    Rather than say a character is happy, writers can show the happiness or provide context that explains the reason for it.

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    Re: 200+ Ways to Say "Embarrassed"
    « Reply #335 on: April 01, 2020, 12:51:53 pm »
    200+ Ways to Say "Embarrassed"
    People show embarrassment in many ways. Some are visible, and others aren't. This post provides the tools to embarrass characters as often as you wish.

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    Re: 300+ Ways to Say "Love"
    « Reply #336 on: April 16, 2020, 09:05:02 am »
    300+ Ways to Say "Love"
    Some people toss the word "love" around like confetti. This post provides ways to show how characters feel without overusing "love."

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    Re: 150+ Ways to Say "Confused"
    « Reply #337 on: May 28, 2020, 07:37:49 am »
    150+ Ways to Say "Confused"
    Confused about how to mitigate the overuse of "confused" in your writing? Relax. That confusion means you recognize the problem.

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    Re: 150+ Ways to Say "Overwhelmed"
    « Reply #338 on: June 11, 2020, 09:40:54 am »
    150+ Ways to Say "Overwhelmed"
    Book characters should experience emotional overwhelm when the story calls for it. Here are a few tools to overwhelm them without undue repetition.

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    Re: 150+ Ways to Say "Disappointed"
    « Reply #339 on: June 25, 2020, 08:50:32 am »
    150+ Ways to Say "Disappointed"
    If you're disappointed by the number of times you've found "disappointed" in your WIP, these alternatives might rescue you.

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    Re: 200+ Ways to Say "Excited"
    « Reply #340 on: July 09, 2020, 06:51:31 am »
    200+ Ways to Say "Excited"
    Writers want readers to be excited by their words. This post will help wordcrafters create excitement without overuse of "excited" or "excitement."

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    Re: Tips to Stack the Odds When Submitting to Literary Journals
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    Tips to Stack the Odds When Submitting to Literary Journals
    An excellent way for writers to build a portfolio is to be published in literary journals. This post provides a few tips for improving the acceptance odds.

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    Re: 700+ Ways to Describe Villains
    « Reply #342 on: August 06, 2020, 07:34:34 am »
    700+ Ways to Describe Villains
    Alfred Hitchcock said, "The more successful the villain, the more successful the picture." Try these ways to create word pictures with believable villains.

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    Re: How to Create a Title for Your Book
    « Reply #343 on: August 26, 2020, 01:28:26 pm »
    How to Create a Title for Your Book
    A title might not seem important when starting a WIP, but once a book nears completion, a definitive title becomes increasingly important.

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    Re: Grammar Goofs to Avoid at the Office: Part One
    « Reply #344 on: September 09, 2020, 07:57:50 am »
    Grammar Goofs to Avoid at the Office: Part One
    This is the first in a series of posts about grammar goofs that might irritate people in your office or alienate savvy readers.

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    Re: Grammar Goofs to Avoid at the Office: Part Two
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    Grammar Goofs to Avoid at the Office: Part Two
    Five more grammar blunders that might raise eyebrows at the office or alienate smart readers.

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    Re: 4 Ways to Turn a Notebook Into a Powerful Writing Tool
    « Reply #346 on: September 23, 2020, 08:52:43 am »
    4 Ways to Turn a Notebook Into a Powerful Writing Tool
    Lori Wade explains how writers can turn a paper notebook into a powerful writing assistant.

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