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Why I Post “Words Of The Day”

September 24, 2012 Leave a comment

Some people have asked me why I post “words of the day” entries on this site. Especially words that seem to give your spellchecker fits as it marks them with annoying red underlines.

Examples:
Words of the day: sclaff & lassitude
Words of the Day: kishke & hawse Read more…

Misconceptions About Action

September 17, 2012 Leave a comment

Writers know about the concept of “rising action”. At least, they better. It’s one of the fundimental building blocks of stroy telling. You build from your opening scene to a climax and then wind down with a resolution in the end. The problem is that too many people seem to not understand what action actually is. If you don’t, you can get into a lot of trouble.

A while back, I wrote an ariticle titled X + Y *C Does Not Equal A Good Story. I talked about a very unsuccessful author friend of mine who claimed to have the secret formula to writing hit novels. The fact that his two published novels have sold a grand total of just over 200 copies should tell you how surefire this formula is.

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Another Word For A Short Space Of Time …

August 8, 2012 Leave a comment

Instead of saying “a moment”, to denote  a short space of time, how about and interstice

(noun) \in-ˈtər-stəs\ Read more…

Inure – Monday’s $10 Word!

July 30, 2012 Leave a comment

inure

transitive verb
: to accustom to accept something undesirable <children inured to violence>
intransitive verb
: to become of advantage <policies that inure to the benefit of employees>