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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

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/

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

MISUSED WORDS Part 1

This list is all about words that are often MISUSED in our writing.

Accept— to receive Except— exclude
Advice— an opinion Advise— to give information
Affect— to change Effect— to accomplish
Allusion— indirect reference Illusion— mistaken perception
Almost— nearly Most— more than half
A lot— more Alot— misspelling for A lot Allot— to give something
Already— a specific time All ready— prepared
All right— adequate, average, correct Alright— misspelled for all right
Altogether— entirely All together— gather
Bad— describes nouns Badly— discribes verbs
Breath— gulp of air Breathe— take in and blow out air
Casual— informal Causal— relating to cause
cite— to quote Sight— something seen Site— is a place
Complementary— go well together Complimentary— give without charge
Conscience— recognize right and wrong Conscious— aware of something
Desert— barren area Desert— abandon Dessert— at the end of a meal
Disassemble— to dismantle Dissemble— to tell lies
Discreet— showing discernment Discrete— separate parts
Emigrate— leave one country to live in another Immigrate— become established in a new country
eminent— means emerging Imminent— about to occur Immanent— indwelling, pervading
Feature— facial parts Feature— program, entertainment
Hangar— housing for aircraft Hanger— clothes hang on
Hanged— lynched with a rope Hung— to cling
Hear— to detect sound Here— in this place
Former— first in group Latter— second in group
Good— describes nouns Well— describes verbs

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

Word list for — INTENSIFY

The following is a list of a few of the words and/or phrases that will help you to INTENSIFY in your writing.
The Merriam Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary describes INTENSIFY as “…become intense or more intensive”
The Synonym Finder, by J. I. Rodale definition for INTENSIFY, “…sharpen, heighten…enhance …enrich”

Above all Accentuate Act of increasing
Added to Amp up Amplify
Beef up Boost Consolidate
Deepen Enhance Exaggerate
Heighten Increase in extent Increase the contrast
Incremental Intensifying Magnify
Make stronger More More extreme
Redouble Sharpen Step up
Strengthen To enlarge To stress

A Writer’s Quick Reference Guide to Words,

Wow, my e-book is up and running on Amazon and soon to be available on the other e-readers. It’s truly excited to share my love of words with so many.

“A Writer’s Quick Reference Guide to Words” is for the busy writer by having readymade lists of assemble words and phrases divided for quick and easy reference. This book is a great tool for writers, teachers, students and for businesses, no matter the age, educational needs or professional status.
Who couldn’t use a little extra help smoothing the transitions in sentences, speeches, reports or letters and e-mails? An example of the lists included in this quick and handy guide are; classify and divide, intensify, time, order and sequence and many more.

What others have already had to say about the list:
” The lists are infinitely helpful. Thanks” Barbara E.

“This is a wonderful tool…Thank you” Chris

“… this that provide useful tools for writers! I happen to need the time, order, sequence one right now to fix a line in a current ms, so thanks!” Janet T.

“Oh, bless you for this list. Seems like I get stuck on TOO and ALSO all the time. I need a good list like this.” Linda K.

“This is a wonderful site for new writer’s who have not had to think about proper grammar in years! I know I will be using it a lot!” Thanks, Kim G.

Thank you all for your kind words, your suggestions and your support. Remember to watch for more lists to come on this blog and in my next book on words.