Writing Wednesdays: 7 Powerful Alternatives for Saying “Want” (Verb)

My characters want things. A lot of things, sometimes. But if I just keep having them say “I want, I want, I want”, they’d sound like spoiled brats; also, “want” sometimes just doesn’t cover it.

Writing Wednesdays - 7 Powerful Alternatves for Saying Want (Verb)

Today I’m going to give you seven verbs that can replace “want” in your writing and pack a punch while they’re at it.

The words are Continue reading

What I Think about The Elements of Eloquence by Mark Forsyth

The Elements of Eloquence How to Turn the Perfect English Phrase by Mark Forsyth

The Elements of Eloquence: How to Turn the Perfect English Phrase

Themes and genres: Non-fiction, writing guides, advice, tips

Blurb:

In an age unhealthily obsessed with substance, this is a book on the importance of pure style Continue reading

My To Review List for August 2019

This month I’ve got something to enjoy on every medium: an audiobook, a paperback and an e-book. Two of those are fiction and the paperback is something I’d recommend to writers. In the order I’ll be reviewing, the books are…

Don’t Judge – Nothing Special, Book 4

Don't Judge - Nothing Special, Book 4 by A.E. Via

Author: A.E. Via

Narrator: Aiden Snow

Listening length: 9 hours and 38 minutes

Themes and genres: Contemporary LGBT Romance, crime, detective, bounty hunter, gay

WARNING: Mature Content

Blurb:

Detective Austin Michaels didn’t think life could get any better after he was accepted into the most notorious narcotics task force on the East Coast Continue reading

Writing Wednesdays: Ways to Show Your Character is in Love (Part Two)

Writing Wednesdays - Ways to Show Your Character is in Love (Part Two)

Two weeks ago, in the first part of this post, I gave you fifteen ways to show that your character is in love with someone; today, I’m going to give you suggestions on what couples could do together or what one person in a relationship could do for the other Continue reading

Writing Wednesdays: 10 Ways to Show Your Character is Irritated

Writing Wednesdays - 10 Ways to Show Your Character is Irritated

There are only so many times you can use the word “irritated”… Or “annoyed”. Or “frustrated”. Or “ticked off” (yeah, I know it’s a phrase, not a word).

You get it: you can use “irritated” or a synonym of it in your writing. However, in order to avoid repetition while at the same time adhering to the show don’t tell rule, why don’t you include one – or more – of these ten gestures? Continue reading