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Words to Replace Said, part 2

This list is all about words that can be used to replace the word he/she SAID (part 2) in your writing.
This group covers the B,C,D and E words to use as substitutes for SAID. Hope you can find some use for this list (115 words) when it comes to tightening and strengthening your writing.

babbled bantered bargained
barked bawled began
begged belittled bellowed
bemoaned beseeched bickered
bid blabbed blabbered
blared blasted blurted
boasted boomed bragged
breathed brooded burst
cajoled called cautioned
chaffed challenged chanted
charged chatted chattered
chewed out chided chimed
chirped chortled chuckled
cited claimed clamored
coaxed commanded commented
communicated complained complied
conceded concluded concurred
condescending confessed confided
confirmed consented contemplated
contended contested continued
contradicted conversed conveyed
cooed corroborated counseled
countered cracked cried
criticized crowed cursed
debated decided declaimed
declared decreed defended
deliberated demanded demurred
denied denounced deposed
described desperately dictated
differed directed disagreed
discussed disputed divulged
doubted drawled driveled
droned echoed elaborated
eluded emitted emphasized
encouraged endorsed enjoined
enounced entreated entrusted
enunciated estimated exclaimed
explained exploded exposed
expounded expressed

SPOTLIGHT on Ana Morgan

This bi-weekly Spotlight is on Ana Morgan
Ana blogs on “Writing Routines” at http://www.HeroineswithHearts.blogspot.com. Check out her next blog post on August 22, 2011

Ana Morgan caught the romance writing bug eight years ago. When she discovered it was harder than it looked, she took online classes and tackled weekly garden and cooking newsletters for her 100-share CSA. CSA members urged her to compile her essays into a book, and she became the gardening columnist for Northwoods Woman magazine. Ana is polishing a time travel romance, has finished a first draft of a western romance, and has an outline for a contemporary romance. She’s also the critique loop moderator for the From the Heart Romance Writers a RWA-chapter. She lives on an organic farm in the north woods of Minnesota with a
husband and more wildlife than she can count.

Spotlighting: Romance Writer’s Revenge

While doing my weekly blog and website visits I came across “Romance Writer’s Revenge” a blog that has been up and running for a couple of years and offers a wide variety of topics. I loved glancing at the different pages and visiting the blogs linked to Revenge’s blog.
While reading, “Where’s the Sparkle?” by Marnee ~ July 27th, 2011, I found myself nodding and agreeing with many of her points. If you have a chance take a few minutes to stop by and check out this wonderful and informative blog. Don’t forget to check out the archives as well at http://romancewritersrevenge.com/

Would you like to have your site Spotlighted? Do you know of a site that should be spotlighted?

MISUSED words part 2

This list is all about words that we often MISUSE in our writing.

In– within a space Into– entering a space
Infer– to conclude something Imply– state something indirectly
Inherent– logically inseparable Inherit– to pass down to the next generation
Isle– an island Aisle– a corridor to pass from one place to another
Its– ownership form of it It’s– short for it is
Levee– built to help keep a river from flooding land Levy– impose a tax
Lay– to place something Lie– prostrate, horizontal Lie– tell an untruth
Loathe– strongly dislike Loath– unwilling, reluctant
Loose– not tight Lose– misplace Loss– something you no longer have
Method– procedure or process Methodology — study or analysis of working methods
Past– previously occurred Passed– past tense for pass
Perspective– view at angles Prospective– expectation
Principal– main, person in charge Principle– basic truth
Sense– feel, wisdom Since– stating from the time, because, while, as
Sometimes– at an unspecified time Some time– an amount of time Sometimes– now and then
Than– comparison Then– refers to time
Their– ownership form of they There– a place not here They’re short for they are
To– in the direction too– means also Two– a number
Wander– to meander or stray Wonder–to marvel or to be curious or in doubt
Were– past tense of to be We’re– short for we are Where– a place
Weather– refers to state of atmosphere Whether– which one
Who– refers to people Which– refers to things That– refers to either
Who’s– short for who is Whose– ownership for who
Your– ownership of something You’re– short for you are

Do you have words that you continually mix up or misuse. Share them and I’ll add them to the list.

Words phrases to use in place of EXAMPLE

I hope you like this week’s list of words and find many to use in you writing for them.
Sorry, I’m late with this list of words. So much has happened here at home, vacation, repair work to the house and my granddaughter coming to stay for the summer. Life is wonderful and full of joy. I hope this summer is going great for each of you.

Keep cool and keep writing.

The following is a list of a few of the words and/or phrases that will help you to EXAMPLE in your writing.
The Merriam Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary describes EXAMPLE as “…serves as a pattern…be imiated…”
The Synonym Finder, by J. I. Rodale definition for EXAMPLE, “…sample. specimen …”

A case in point A model of A sample will show
Application of a rule An analogy Another way
As an example As an illustration At the same time
For example For instance For one thing
In fact In one example In order to clarify
In other words In particular In the following manner
In the same way In this case In this instance
In this specific instance Incidentally indeed
More exactly More specifically Namely
One sample Representative Show a resemblance
Specifically Such as Suppose that
That is Thus To be exact
To bring to light To cite a reference To clarify
To demonstrate To exemplify To explain
To illustrate To put it another way To show
To show a parallel To repeat To show a pattern

Transition words for –INTENT

The following is a list of a few of the words and/or phrases that will help you to INTENT in
your writing.
The Merriam Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary describes INTENT
as “…eager attention…will concentrated on something or some end or purpose”
The Synonym Finder, by J. I. Rodale definition for INTENT, “…steadfast…attentive…watchful…mindful”

Act of intending Aim All practical purposes
Attention applied By design Concentrated
Determined Engrossed Firmly fixed
Fixed Focused On Implicit meaning
In the sense Intention On purpose
Purposes The act To focus
To plan

Words and Phrases to help EMPHASIZE

To all of those affected by the weather in the last few months, and for a fellow writer/friend effected by yesterday’s tornado my thoughts and prayers are with you all. May God watch over you.

The following is a list of a few of the words and phrases that will help you EMPHASIZE in your writing.
The Merriam Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary describes EMPHASIZE
as “…to place emphasis on…stress…”
The Synonym Finder, by J. I. Rodale definition for EMPHASIZE, “…lay stress…italicize…call attention…”

Accent Accentuate Affirm
Assert Draw attention to Emphatic
Feature Highlight Illuminate
Impress upon Make clear Make much of
Make noteworthy Pinpoint Play up
Point out Primarily Prominence to
Punctuate Reemphasize Significant
Stress upon To emphasize a point To stress

A Writer’s Quick Reference Guide to Words

Well, my e-book of word lists is coming a long great. I’ll have it up at Kindle, Nook, and the other sites next week. I plan to price it low ($2.99) so that more people can buy and use it.
Thanks everyone for all the kind words and for letting me know that you’ve been able to use the list.

Transition words for CONTRAST

Welcome to Words: for the imagination and the reality of life. Here you’ll find a new way to say the same old thing.  If you’ve found your word choices limited to a set of one to three or four word sets or phrases I hope you’ll find your horizons stretched and increased by visiting this Blog.

This week we’ll focus on that CONTRAST.

The Merriam Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary describes contrast as “…compare or appraise in respect to differences…”. 
The Synonym Finder, by J. I. Rodale definition, “…differentiate, discriminate, distinguish, make a distinction, mark…”

The following are  lists of words and/or phrases that will help you to show contrast in your writing.

A clear difference A dissimilarity A distinct difference
A distinctive A strong distinction After all
Against Alternatively Although
Although this may be true Although true An opposing view
An unlikeness And yet Another distinction
At the same time Anti But
But another But at the same time By the same token
Conflicting viewpoint Contradictory Contrary to
Contrarily Conversely Counter to
Despite Despite this fact Diametrically opposed
Different from Disproportionately Dissimilar
Distinct Divergent Diverse
Even so Even though Faster
For For all that However
In another way In contrast In contrast to
In one way In opposition In reverse order
In sharp contrast In spite of Instead
Larger Less Likewise
More Nevertheless Nonetheless
Notwithstanding On one hand On the other hand
On the contrary Opposing Opposite
Otherwise Pro Rather
Slower Smaller Still
Still another Still yet The antithesis of
The next variation The reverse of The third distinction
Though To contradict To counter
To differ To differ from To differentiate
To oppose To the contrary Unbalanced
Unequal Unequally Unequivocally
Uniquely Unlike Versus
Whereas While Yet

In the coming weeks, I’ll offer word choices on how to indicate time order, various choices for substituting said, to make a point and much more.  I’ll also offer description words, phrases, and ideas on how to show your characters size, shape and tone without telling the reader.  I hope you stop in to visit often.  Feel free to offer your own suggestion and ideas.  See you next week.


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