Tips on Word Choice No.20: Ruled by Intellect or Emotion?

Certain words/phrases can induce fairly specific responses in readers. As writers, we all know this, but do we use the power of emotion in our work? For these few weeks, I’m looking at something subjective: how to choose between emotional and intellectual words for effect. You won’t always agree with me, of course; you’re writers. …

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Running and Writing for ME/CFS No.17

Writing and Running: Both have been on hold during the time it’s taken us to set up in the new home. But, we’re on top of the most urgent aspects now and things are starting to feel normal. Due to the amount of heavy manual work I’ve been involved in during the past 2 weeks, …

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Wrong! A Themed Anthology 2014, Edited by Deborah Owen; Reviewed.

This collection of short fiction from many different authors is based on the following theme: ‘I have a list and a map. What can possibly go wrong?’ And, of course, these creative authors show the reader just what can go wrong. I confess at this point that I’m a guest author for this anthology, but …

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Tips on Word Choice No.19: Ruled by Intellect or Emotion?

Certain words/phrases can induce fairly specific responses in readers. As writers, we all know this, but do we use the power of emotion in our work? For these few weeks, I’m looking at something subjective: how to choose between emotional and intellectual words for effect. You won’t always agree with me, of course; you’re writers. …

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Running and Writing for ME/CFS No.16

A brief heads-up. I am in the process of moving house, in fact I've just packed the penultimate box and now await the arrival of the removal men and their van tomorrow. We should be in our new home on Wednesday, but no phone line of internet until Friday. Because of this situation, I have …

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Tips on Word Choice: Ruled by Intellect or Emotion? No18

Certain words/phrases can induce fairly specific responses in readers. As writers, we all know this, but do we use the power of emotion in our work? For these few weeks, I’m looking at something subjective: how to choose between emotional and intellectual words for effect. You won’t always agree with me, of course; you’re writers. …

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Running and Writing for ME/CFS No.15

The writing first: Still curating the diary entries. But I’m through 2009 now, so just 3 more years of entries to go before I’ll be able to actually start planning and writing the book. Again, this is more likely to be once the house move has completed. Things are moving on that issue and it’s …

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The Cunning Man, by John Yeoman, Reviewed.

This ‘fictorial’ as the author calls it, should start a trend amongst authors with a desire to help other writers improve their craft. That is precisely what John Yeoman does in this collection of historical mystery stories. He tells a tale and inserts footnote links in the text, these lead to the footnotes, which explain …

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