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Reblog: 45 Ways To Avoid Using The Word ‘Very’

I don’t like using the word ‘very’ for various reasons:

  • It sounds insincere
  • It is overused
  • It is not professional
  • <insert your own>

And yet there are times when that is the only word that I can come up with, almost like a shortcut. The problem with shortcuts is that they are context specific and subjective which can lead to a lack of understanding. So a quick way to communicate can turn out to be just the opposite.

I was delighted to read this morning Writers Write blog post on 45 Ways To Avoid Using The Word ‘Very’ – click on the link to get a useful table of what words can be used instead.


The Dripping Thoughts

Writing is supposed to become easier when it is done to express rather than impress. With the latter, to impress, the inner critic comes out, editing in real-time. With the former, to express, it comes out easily and unfiltered. I might have mentioned in a post many moons ago that to write unfiltered takes courage…because…

…and every day I pick up the quill, gingerly dip it into the slippery inkwell of inspiration to catch dripping thoughts before they fall away into the dark depths of the soul.


3-Day Quote Challenge – Day 2 – On Writing

Stephen King quote

This is the second day of the 3-day quote challenge, nominated by Vasantha from My Sweet Nothings.

Here is how this challenge works:

  • Thank the blogger, who nominated you.
  • Post one of your favorite quotes (a different quote on each day) for three consecutive days. The quote can be from your favorite book, author, or your own. Remember acknowledge the source.
  • Nominate three bloggers to challenge them.

I will nominate 3 bloggers tomorrow…or not. Maybe I will challenge all of you to post 3 quotes on 3 consecutive days. I will let you know tomorrow 😉


The Sincerest Form of Flattery

In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “The Sincerest Form of Flattery.”

Looked at, looked over and photographed, these two beauties lay there, serenely, their serenity belying their true power underneath the hood just waiting to be unleashed to race freely and becoming…

At the end of the day, their job done, their powerful growls grabbed the attention of everyone within hearing distance. From all over the square heads popped out of windows to admire the two beasts drive off into the weekend traffic.

Maclaren and Lamborghini…one day when I am big…(sigh)

What I Learnt By Participating In NaNoWriMo

Writing 1 667 words a day for 30 days seems easy right? I could do this!

Especially because when I get going I can easily do a 850 word blog post without realising it. Then I spend more time trimming and editing to 500 words or less, because, I am told, people get bored with long posts.

Well, truth be told, unless the writing is really good and punchy with a few dramatic techniques, I also will not go through a long post.

So, 1 667 is just the equivalent of two posts a day. So I signed up for this year’s NaNoWriMo. I case you are wondering what this NaNoWriMo thing is, it is the National Novel Writing Month.

I knew just what I wanted to write – a Romance novel! I am a girl…how difficult could that be right?

The month started off well. I kept a running word log on a spreadsheet. All I had to do was write a minimum of 1667 words per day. If I wrote more, bonus! If I wrote less then I would know how many I had to catch up on.

But things are not always as neat or as linear as that.

Week 1 went well. The first weekend went well too. I dutifully updated the spreadsheet and the word count on the NaNoWriMo site. I read very interesting posts by Chuck Wendig.

After the first Word Camp (which I did not attend), I read that someone had written 50 000 words in one day! Yikes! That was the whole month’s requirement! “She must write for a living,” I thought.

After writing a few scenes and one in the middle I skipped a few days hoping to catch up on the following weekend. That weekend came and went and no writing happened. Not even any blogging if truth be told.

I went on holiday to Namibia and the writing stopped altogether.

If you are wondering that I could not have learnt anything, given that the novel writing experiment turned out to be a dismal failure…well there are a few things I know now that I did not know for sure on the 31st October.

Here is a nice easy to read list (I am told that blog readers like lists because they are quick to read):

  1. I learnt to be realistic about the time I have available to write. After a 9 hour work day, plus a few hours eating dinner and spending quality time with my husband, I really only had an hour or so to sit down and write.
  2. I learnt that is important to just write without counting words because that makes NaNoWriMo just a numbers game.
  3. I learnt that if at the end of the 30 days there is no 50 000 words or a completed novel it is not the end of the world. There is at the very least, a partially completed manuscript.
  4. I learnt that there is always next year’s NaNoWriMo to write a  complete novel.
  5. I learnt that to fly by the set of my pants without planning out at least a plot outline leads to nights staring at a blank screen.
  6. I learnt that I need lots of writing practice.

Now lets see if I apply these learnings to next year’s NaNoWriMo.