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TIME, ORDER, SEQUENCE, words to help you with your writing

I first posted this list back in 2010. To date it has received more hits than any of my other list. So I decided it was time to re-posting it now for my newer visitors. I hope you find it as useful as the thousands who have used it in the past.

The following is a list of words and/or phrases that will help you to indicate TIME, ORDER, SEQUENCE in your writing.
The Merriam Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary describes indicate time, order, sequence as “…measurable period…arrange…connected series…”
The Synonym Finder, by J. I. Rodale definition for indicate time, order, sequence, “…chronology, duration…grouping, sort…succession, continuation…”

Abruptly After After a few days
After a long time After a short time After a while
After that Afterward All at once
All of the time All the while Always
As long as As soon as At first
At last At length At present
At that time At the beginning At the end
At that onset At the same time At this moment
At times Before Begin
By now Commence Commencing
Concurrently Consequently Continually
Currently Cyclically Directly
During Earlier Embark
Eventually Every time Final
Finally First Following
Following that Former Formerly
Frequently From this point Generally
Gradual Henceforth Hereafter
Heretofore Immediately In an instant
In awhile In conclusion In the end
In the first place In the future In the last place
In the meantime In the past In the second place
In turn In frequently Initial
Instantly Instantaneously Intermittent
Just then Last Last of all
Lastly Later Later on
Later that day Little by little Meanwhile
Momentarily Never Next
Not at all Not long after Not long ago
Now Occasionally Of late
Often Often time On the next occasion
Once Once upon a time Past
Periodically Preceding Present
Presently Previously Prior to
Promptly Quick Rarely
Recently Repeatedly Right after
Right away Second Seldom
Sequentially Shorty Simultaneously
Slow So far Some of the time
Some time Soon Soon after
Soon afterward Sporadically Starting with
Subsequently Suddenly Temporary
The latter The next The final
Then Thereafter This instant
Third To begin with To conclude
To finish Today Tomorrow
Twice Uncommon Ultimately
Until Until now Usually
When While Yesterday
Yet

HEALTH RELATED WORD LIST

This list is in honor of my son, who has Multiple Sclerosis. The list consist of frequently used health related words. In no way is this list comprehensive. Many of these words can be used in fiction and non-fiction writing work.

For those looking for professional medical terms check out an online medical dictionary. I like Web MD, http://www.webmd.com/a-to-z-guides/common-topics/default.htm.

ABDOMEN
ABRASION
ABSCESS
ACHE
ACUTE
ALLERGIES
AMBULATORY
ANOREXIA
ANTIBODIES
ANTIBIOTIC
ARRYTHMIA
ASTHMA
AUTOIMMUNE DISEASE
BACTERIA
BANDAGE
BIOPSY
BLOOD
BODY
BONE
BRAIN
BRONCHIA
BRUISE
BULIMIA
CATHETER
CAESARIAN SECTION
CALORIE
CANCER
CARBOHYDRATE
CARDIOVASCULAR
CARTILAGE
CATHETER
CATHETER
CHECKUP
CHEST
CHOLESTEROL
CHRONIC
COLD
COMMUNICABLE DISEASE
COMPRESSION
CONGESTION
CONSCIOUS
CONTAGIOUS
COUGH
CURE
CUT
DEHYDRATION
DENTIST
DIET
DIGESTIVE SYSTEM
DISEASE
DISORDER
DNA (deoxyribonucleic acid)
DOCTOR
DYSPNEA
EMBOLISM
ENDOCRINE SYSTEM
ESOPHAGUS
EXACERBATION
EXTRMITIES
FATIGUE
FIBRILLATION
FLU
FUNGUS
GANGRENE
GASTOINTESTINAL
GENERAL PRACTIONER
GLAND
HEART
HEMATOMA
HORMONE
HOSPITAL
HYPERGLYCEMIA
HYPERTENSION
HYPOGLYCEMIA
HYPOTENSION
ILL
IMMUNE SYSTEM
IMMUNITY
INFECTION
INFLAMMATION
INFECTIOUS
INJECTION
INJURY
INTERAVENOUS
IRRIGATE
ISCHEMIA
JAUNDICE
JOINT
LASERATION
LIGAMENT
LUMBAR
LUNG
LYMPHATIC SYSTEM
LYMPHNIOD
MALIGNANT
MALNUTRITION
MEDICATION
MEDICINE
METABOLIC
METABOLISM
MICROBE
MICROORGANISM
MUCUS
MUSCULAR SYSTEM
MUSCLE
NEUROPATHIC PAIN
NEUROPATHY
NEUROVASCULAR
NERVOUS SYSTEM
NONIVASIVE
NURSE
NUTRITION
OBESITY
OPERATION
PAIN
PALLIATIVE
PATHOGEN
PATIENT
POLYMYOSITIS
PRESCRIPTION
PROTEIN
PROTOZA
PSYCHIATRY
PSYCHOLOGY
PSYCHOTHERAPY
REFLEX
REFLUX
REMISSION
REPRODUTION SYSTEM
RESPIRATORY SYSTEM
SICK
SKELETAL SYSTEM
SKELETON
SPASM
SPECIALIST
SPINAL CORD
STIMULUS
STRESS
SURGEON
SURGERY
SYCOPE
SYNDROME
TEMPERATURE
TENDON
THORACIC
TISSUE
TOOTH
TRAUMA
TRANQUILIZER
ULTRASOUND
VACCINATION
VACCINE
VASCULAR SYSTEM
VEIN
VERTIGO
VIRUS
VOMIT
WOUND

SPOTLIGHT on the highly talented Linda Kage

The youngest of eight children, Linda grew up on a dairy farm in the Midwest. She now lives in Kansas with her husband, daughter and nine cuckoo clocks, where she works as a full time librarian assistant in an academic library. She writes adult and young adult romance, and is thrilled to be able to share some of her stories with other romance enthusiasts who always appreciate a happy ending. Find out more about her at her website, http://lindakage.com/, or blog, http://lindakage.blogspot.com/.
Linda Kage books released this year:
A Man for Mia (sweet adult romance)
Kiss it Better (spicy adult romance)
Coming soon…
The Right to Remain Mine (spicy adult romance)
The Best Mistake (spicy adult short romance)
The Color of Grace (young adult romance)

Not a lot of people know Linda also writes short erotic romance stories under the name Miranda Stowe, her family included, because those stories can make some readers, HER included!, uncomfortable in their explicitness. But if you’d like to know more about the naughtier side of her writing, you can visit Miranda’s blog/website at http://mirandastowe.blogspot.com/.

Miranda Stowe’s book released this year:
Best Friends Share Everything (menage)
Caught in Heat (paranormal shapeshifter)
Mile High Service (interracial)
Dreams of Wolf (paranormal shapeshifter)
Taken by a Killer (romantic suspense)
Coming soon…
Saved From a Killer (romantic suspense)
Framed as a Killer (romantic suspense)

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.

Words to replace SAID in your writing.

AS PROMISED, THE REVISED (CORRECTED) LIST FOR SAID. Thanks for your understanding.
This list is all about words that can be used to replace the word he/she SAID in your writing.
Personally, I think this is one area that takes time and effort on figuring out exactly what it is your characters or sources (if you are quoting someone) is trying to convey. You want to show not tell your reader what he/she is feeling in the words you use.

Accepted Accused Acknowledged
Acquiesced Additionally Added
Addressed Ad-libbed Admitted
Admonished Advised Advocated
Affirned Agreed Alleged
Allowed Alluded Announced
Answered Anticipated Appealed
Approved Argued Articulated
Asked Assented Asserted
Assumed Assured Assured
Attested Avowed

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 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.