The #Write #Word? Post 29

Struggling to find the ‘right’ word for your writing? You’re not alone. Maybe, in trying to improve my own work, I can help other writers. Today’s words: Vacillate, Vacillate back and forth, Viable/Feasible, Vellichor, Virgin. Synonyms are alternative words that might say exactly what you’re trying to convey. Vacillate: Roget gives us the following headers: change, …

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The Writer’s Lexicon: Volume II, by Kathy Steinemann: #BookReview.

Reference/Writing/Editing 312 pages Subtitled ‘More Descriptions, Overused Words and Taboos’, this is a companion to the first book with the same title. Like that initial volume, this is an essential for any serious writer. Language is our lifeblood, and words are tools we employ to express our thoughts and ideas. If we’re to do this …

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Progress on the WIP: #SciFi in the Making.

As there's still nothing new to report re the WIP, and therefore no true progress on the book, I thought I’d continue along the lines of last week’s post. This time, I’m looking at the content; in particular, the inclusion of sex and nudity in my work. So, if you’re at all prudish, narrowminded, easily …

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Befriended, by Ruth O’Neill: #BookReview.

Contemporary Fiction 310 pages Subtitled, ‘Be Careful Who You Trust’, this piece of modern fiction is not the usual material I read. I dislike labels, but I do wonder if this is intended more for the ‘Women’s Fiction’ market. The story is well presented and the characters particularly well developed. I did have some difficulty …

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The #Write #Word? Post 28

Struggling to find the ‘right’ word for your writing? You’re not alone. Maybe, in trying to improve my own work, I can help other writers. Today’s words: Ubiquitous, Unexpected surprise, Until such time as, Uitwaaien, University. Synonyms are alternative words that might say exactly what you’re trying to convey. Ubiquitous: listed synonyms in Roget’s are, general, …

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Progress on the WIP: #SciFi in the Making.

Much like the swan paddling upstream, most action on the WIP is happening beneath the surface for now, so I thought I’d post a piece on the process of writing the book, the reasons behind some decisions. As I recently had a rather unusual review of the first two books in the series, highlighting the …

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The #Write #Word? Post 27

Struggling to find the ‘right’ word for your writing? You’re not alone. Maybe, in trying to improve my own work, I can help other writers. Today’s words: Tranquil/Turbulent, Transpire, Take action to, Tenant, Triskaidekaphobia. Antonyms: words that express the opposite of other words can be hard to find, because thesauruses usually give no examples. When …

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Progress on the WIP: #SciFi in the Making.

We’re in that quiet-on-the-surface period, when the publisher is frantically busy behind the scenes but very little shows on the surface. So, briefly, regarding progress: the book’s with the publisher and proceeding through the various steps that take an author’s words and make a book of them. The cover’s well on the way to being …

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The 93-E Contradiction, by Melodie Trudeaux: #BookReview.

Science Fiction 24 pages This science fiction short story looks at the threat imposed by over-reliance on technical advances without regulation. We live in a world where many things are possible. This book asks the question, ‘Just because we can, does it mean we should?’ I leave it to the reader to decide, after reading …

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Mrs Dalloway, by Virginia Woolf: #BookReview.

Classics 208pps This classic of English Literature breaks all the rules of writing a novel; a bold step at the time of its creation. Viewpoints come and go, often without any real introduction, and sometimes within a paragraph. Passages develop and proceed, often without any indication of who we’re listening to in their internal dialogue, …

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The #Write #Word? Post 26

Struggle to find the ‘right’ word for your writing? You’re not alone. Maybe, in trying to improve my own work, I can help other writers. Today’s words: Science Fiction, Somewhat, Sceptic/Denier, Set forth in, Solicitor. Synonyms are alternative words that might say exactly what you’re trying to convey. Science Fiction: defined as a genre of …

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Progress on the WIP: #SciFi in the Making.

‘Tis done! The final version of the MS ran out to 76,749 words in 41 Chapters. Great when you get back an acknowledgement from your publisher’s editor saying, ‘Excellent! Next time you see it, it’ll be a book!’ The next stage will be the cover, which I’ll post here as soon as I’ve seen it. …

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Creative #Writing #Contests Table Updated

Time for your monthly reminder that the writing contest table has been updated. It lives on the ‘Resources’ page. As I write this, the table lists 132 different contests, many of them international, for Short Stories, Flash Fiction, Poetry, Biography, Plays, Reviews, Essays, and Novels. Some of these are free to enter and offer prizes …

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