Futuristic Fiction: #Research for #Writers, Part 1

https://www.dreamstime.com/creativecommonsstockphotos_info This is the first of an intended series on writing futuristic fiction, and the research performed in pursuit of the facts, to make any ‘predictions’ as accurate as possible. A novelist and short story writer, I always start with characters, since character-driven stories best present any narrative. Most also have one or more themes …

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

629 pages Editing Reference/Writing Reference. Subtitled ‘Body Parts, Actions, and Expressions’ this book was written by the author in response to requests from followers of her blog, where she features articles about language use and its improvement of the skillsets available to writers. Under the introductive ‘Read This First’ section, she explains how chapters are …

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Finding the #Write #Words? No. 26: The Dictionary of Diseased English

Continuing the description of books on words and language listed in the introductory post, which you’ll find here. Book 26: The Dictionary of Diseased English: Paperback, 267 pages. First published in 1977. Published in Papermac 1980 by The Macmillan Press Ltd. I bought it used at £3.30 sometime in the 1980s. A used version is …

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Creative #Writing #Contests Table Updated

  This is the monthly reminder that the writing contest table has been updated. It lives under the ‘Resources’ tab. I update the table frequently, in fact whenever I come across new contest details. I also subscribe to sources for information to pass on to you here. Submit your entries in plenty of time. There …

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Looking for the Best Word? Tip #10

Examining similar and dissimilar words to find ways writers might make their work more varied, accessible, interesting, accurate and effective. A good thesaurus gives substitutes for the idea of a word, but not all suggestions are true synonyms. Context is vital. Putting alternative words in the same sentence to see if they actually make sense …

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Looking for the Best Word? Tip #07

  For a short introduction to this series, please click this link. These posts examine similar, and sometimes dissimilar, words in an effort to suggest ways writers might make their work more varied, accessible, interesting, accurate and effective. A good thesaurus provides alternatives for the idea of a word, but not all suggestions are true …

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Creative #Writing #Contests Table Updated

Here’s the monthly reminder to let you know I’ve updated the writing contest table. Make sure you get your entries submitted in plenty of time, there are some really spectacular prizes to be had. And think of the kudos! The table updates each time I save it, which is frequently, so whenever you visit the …

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Looking for the Best Word? Tip #06

  For a short introduction to this series, please click here. These posts look at similar, and dissimilar, words to suggest ways writers might make their work more varied, accessible, interesting, accurate and effective. A good thesaurus provides alternatives for the idea of a word, but not all suggestions are true synonyms. Context is vital. …

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Looking for the Best Word? Tip #05

  For a short introduction to this series, please click this link. These posts look at similar, and dissimilar, words in an effort to suggest ways writers might make their work more varied, accessible, interesting, accurate and effective. A good thesaurus provides alternatives for the idea of a word, but not all suggestions are true …

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Looking for the Best Word? Tip #04

  For a short introduction to this series, please click this link. These posts examine some similar, and dissimilar, words in an effort to suggest ways writers might make their work more varied, accessible, interesting, accurate or effective. A good thesaurus provides alternatives for the idea of a word, but not all those suggestions are …

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Don’t, by Bob Selden, Reviewed.

This book has a couple of informative subtitles: ‘Unlock the do in don’t…’ and ‘How using the right words will change your life’ I could add, ‘How using the right words will change the lives of those around you’, too. So, what’s it about? Essentially, it’s a manual for using the right language to make …

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Looking for the Best Word? Tip #03

  For a short introduction to this series, please click this link. These posts examine some similar, and dissimilar, words in an effort to suggest ways writers might make their work more varied, accessible, interesting, accurate or effective. A good thesaurus provides alternatives for the idea of a word, but not all those suggestions are …

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Looking for the Best Word? Tip #02

  For a short introduction to this series, please click this link. In these posts, I’m looking at some similar, and dissimilar, words in an effort to suggest ways writers might make their work more varied, accessible, interesting, accurate or effective. A good thesaurus provides alternatives for the idea of a word, but not all …

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Looking for the Best Word? Tip #01

  English is a startling language, as those who use it know. Amongst many claims about language, most of which are difficult to prove, English is recognised as one of the top 3 most widely spoken languages. It’s also a second language in many countries. Whilst ‘Chinese’ is spoken by more people, this gives a …

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Searching for the Right Words? Tip #40

  This is the final post in the series aimed at helping authors express the full meaning and emotional content of their fiction. However, I intend to start a new series, again about word choice. I’ll begin that on Thursday with the next post. Keep an eye out for it. It’ll be titled, ‘Looking for …

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