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Writing / Re: Word Usage "When" or "As"?
« Last post by ed-brescia on Today at 07:44 PM »
Or...

When he leaned over to shake her hand, the dark mahogany table created an ocean between them.

He leaned over to shake her hand, and the dark mahogany table created an ocean between them.
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Writing / Re: Word overuse
« Last post by HDWestlund on Today at 07:37 PM »
I notice a word being used often if the word is an "odd" recurring word (something not often used in daily speech). I also notice if a word is used as a modifier in the same placement throughout a book. I know there are some published authors who I smile and shake my head about because they have some particular patterns or words that they favor. But I also can't say that I've thought "Whoa! Too much!" when I run into that; it mostly just amuses me. But maybe that's because their copy editors have made them kill everything where the word or phrasing wasn't right...
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Writing / Word overuse
« Last post by rainchains on Today at 06:57 PM »
When my critique partners and I are sharing line edits we sometimes notice that a word crops up several times. I find that I've become sensitized and even notice them when I'm reading for enjoyment. Generally we suggest swapping out one of the words. But sometimes there just is no other word that feels quite as good.

With the vast number of words available to us we shouldn't have to fall back on the same comfortable word too often. But certain words fill a niche so well that no other seems good enough. We certainly don't want to pull out some obscure or fancy word just to have variety.

If you're reading, do you mind if an author reuses a word? Obviously a word might turn up more than once within a book, maybe even within a chapter. What is the red flag that says "too much." What makes you notice recurring words?


rainchains :horse
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 :yay :yay :yay

Congrats Susie! Hope they publish it soon so we can all enjoy it!

rainchains :horse
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Children's Writer/Illustrator URLs / Re: Finally, a Website!
« Last post by Mrs. Jones on Today at 06:23 PM »
Thank you so much. You are all so nice!!

C.K., my web designer was Jenny at Websy Daisy. I bought and sent the backgrounds, sent her the photos, and everything else I wanted/needed, and shared the way I wanted it to look, and then she put it together. She was responsible for the great details like the icons turning pink when pressed, etc.

I've been stressed about getting this done for about a year now, and now that it's a reality, I'm relieved and quite pleased with the way it's turned out. I didn't want a high maintenance site, so didn't want a ton of details to deal with, but also wanted to be able to update the "news" as needed. Anyway, it's exactly the sort of website I wanted - looks and maintenance-wise.

Thank you all, again, for your nice comments about it!  :grouphug2

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Writing / Re: Word Usage "When" or "As"?
« Last post by ed-brescia on Today at 06:20 PM »
If anyone is still looking at this. This is where I'm at. Any additional thoughts?

The door swung open.

The doctor entered. “Hello, Officer Jamison, it’s a pleasure to meet you. I’m Dr. John Wallace.”

Leaning over to shake her hand, the dark mahogany table created an ocean between them. He sat across from her, placed the folder down, and opened it to the first page. “I’m sure you must be wondering why you’ve been summoned here,” he said.
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Children's Writer/Illustrator URLs / Re: Finally, a Website!
« Last post by 217mom on Today at 05:30 PM »
Love it. This is how it should be done, IMO.  :applause
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Kidlit Good News / Re: Sold a book!!!
« Last post by Jeanne Ryan (Serenissima) on Today at 04:41 PM »
Sounds like another hit! Congrats, Arty!
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Children's Writer/Illustrator URLs / Re: Finally, a Website!
« Last post by C.K. on Today at 02:55 PM »
I really like it, Ena! Visual appealing, snazzy and uncluttered. One of the best author sites I've seen lately. Did you design it yourself or who was your designer?
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Writing / Re: The Official EARLY RISERS and NIGHT OWLS Club
« Last post by darshana on Today at 02:49 PM »
Hi Melissa K - hope you got some good writing time.
Finally sitting down to do more writing exercises.
Happy 4th!
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