EDITING 101: 11 – Using a Thesaurus…

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Originally posted as the Dun Writin’—Now Whut? series on this blog, EDITING 101 is a weekly refresher series for some of you and brand new for others.

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Using a Thesaurus

When you were in grammar school, you were taught the terms antonym and synonym. An antonym is a word that means the opposite of another word: love/hate, hot/cold, spring/fall, light/dark. Synonyms are words meaning the same thing (or nearly the same thing): light/bright, traitor/Benedict Arnold, flat/horizontal, soft/cushiony. A thesaurus is a book which lists synonyms for many words and can come in very handy for a writer. The first one you were exposed to was probably Roget’s Thesaurus. The one I like to use is the Oxford American Writer’s Thesaurus. If you don’t want to use a book, there are online thesauri, such as http://www.thesaurus.com and http://freethesaurus.net/. Microsoft Word has a built-in thesaurus. You can…

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How to Grow Your Author Blog

Are you having traffic problems to your blog? Check out this great post from my friend, Kristen Lamb! Tell me what you think and how I can improve my blog for you!

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I am a huge fan of writers having a blog, but one of the first arguments I get is, “But I did have a blog and it did nothing.” I hear your pain. We live in a world of instant gratification and often it is why we are more inclined to post content on our Facebook or Twitter instead. Instantly we can see other people sharing and responding and it feels oh so good.

The blog? Meh.

The problem, however, is that any “benefit” from Facebook or Twitter evaporates almost as soon as it appears whereas the blog (if we stick to it) will keep giving us rewards for years to come.

Reframe Your Goal

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I will give you tips for growing your author blog here in a minute, but a simple…

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Wednesday Wing – Guard Against Your Amazon Reviews Being Removed #wwwblogs @TerryTyler4

Have you ever had a review removed by Amazon? Important information for all!

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This week on Wednesday Wing…

Writers/Reviewers: Guard against your Amazon reviews being removed.

Terry Tyler offers advice and thoughts on the matter.

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There has been much blogged about lately on the subject of Amazon removing book reviews. I am no authority on this subject, but believe their principle is to counteract the growing number of fake reviews; writers who cannot get them any other way (I will not go into the reasons for this right now!) have perhaps made use of the various sites around the internet that sell five star reviews. The owners of such sites do not read the books, but just post reviews. I saw one that had posted around a hundred on the same day, all of which consisted of the five star rating and one word, ‘brillent’, which I imagine was supposed to say ‘brilliant’; I suspect many of these sites are run by scammers…

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Think You Couldn’t Possibly Lose Your Amazon Publishing Account? Think Again.

I am so happy to have found this blog! One of my followers reblogged this on her site, and now, so am I. I’m now following you on Twitter and Facebook and your blog. Thank you! To my followers: Please read this! Scary! Hopefully this will be revised soon!

The Active Voice

There’s this indie author I know a little bit from the Kboards.com forum. Her name is Pauline Creeden, and she’s an ordinary midlister, like so many of us. I remember PMing her some time ago and gushing about how particularly beautiful one of her book covers is — the one for Chronicles of Steele: Raven.collection Here, I’ll include an image. Gorgeous, eh?

Anyway, today I tuned in to Kboards and noticed that Pauline had started a thread. It contained what’s surely the worst news possible for an indie author: Amazon had closed her publishing account. All her ebooks had been taken off sale. Permanently. Here’s the email she got from Amazon:

We are reaching out to you because we have detected that borrows for your books are originating from systematically generated accounts. While we support the legitimate efforts of our publishers to promote their books, attempting to manipulate…

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The Perfect Creative Personality

This is an excellent article on creativity. It mirrored me when talking of fear, and I’m assuming I’m not alone, especially among debut authors. Thank you, David Rogers!

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The Perfect Creator Is Bold

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What have you been working for these years and developing your talents for if not to set your creative potential free? And you will not do that without being bolder.

I know a painter. The best teacher she ever had gave her the best advice she ever received. He looked at her as she painted and said, “You’re being too careful. Make bolder strokes.” He went away. She followed his advice. The teacher came back and studied her work. He raised his voice and said, “Bolder.” Later he came back again and said, even louder, “Bolder! What are you afraid of?” It’s worthwhile to say to ourselves from time to time in our creative lives, “Bolder! What are you afraid of?”

The argument easily can be made that boldness in and of itself is what brings success in life. It’s a…

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Review of The Troubleshooter: New Haven Blues

Wow! Is anyone still here? Yes? Oh, thank goodness! I didn’t realize how long it’s been since I have posted, and I am so sorry and glad you are still with me. In my defense, as I hope those of you who are also writers can relate, I was busy working on my own debut novel, and it has not been an easy road for me. I was stuck on a certain way I wanted it to go, and finally had to abort that idea as it was much too complicated for a first novel, so I went with my idea on a reduced scale, and I am starting over. For the millionth time or so it seems. Anyway, enough about my excuses, I finally have another review for a very talented writer, Bard Constantine. I received a free copy in exchange for an honest review.

In The Troubleshooter: New Haven Blues, we meet Mick Trubble, a hard-boiled, Sam Spade detective in a futuristic world. Sprinkle in some comic type supporting characters, and set him in a dystopian future, and finally have your protagonist be an individual who is suffering from amnesia so that he does not know who he really is, or remember anything from more than two years before, and you got the gist of this book. He is an aptly named anti-hero, as he does attract plenty of trouble wherever he goes. This is a violent story, yet in parts it will have you laughing out loud until you cry. Now this is a completely different genre than I am usually into. I love mysteries, but not particularly hard-boiled ones, and I’ve never been much into anything dystopian. I did not expect to like this book. I would read some, and stop, but then, I had to keep picking it up to see what happened next! Since I am very open-minded, yet I thought I knew exactly what I liked, this did tend to surprise me, much as it did when I told my rooommate I didn’t like fantasy, until she shared this fantasy series by Stephen Reeder Donaldson, The Chronicles of Thomas Covenant. Has anyone else read these books? They are excellent.

There were no errors in context, syntax or grammar and punctuation. So, I have no choice but to give this my highest recommendation! I give it this many smiles:🙂🙂🙂🙂🙂🙂