Category Archives: Wordsmithing on Wednesdays

WoW ~ Narrative: Friend or Foe?

I’m excited to have my writer friend Laura Frantz as a guest blogger. She’s the gifted author of The Frontiersman’s Daughter and Courting Morrow Little, which have received rave reviews. Having enjoyed both books, I learned that one of Laura’s … Continue reading

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WoW: Conquering Clichés

Tried and true. That could be said of clichés, yes. Everyone knows what they mean, making the message being conveyed as clear as a bell . . . but as dull as dishwater. So, what’s a writer to do about … Continue reading

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WoW: Repetition for a Reason

No, no, no! How many times have a said that to myself when editing my work? I’ll see needless repetition, shake my head while muttering those words, and rework things to get rid of the redundancy. However, repetition can serve … Continue reading

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WoW: Writing That Sounds Fun

Welcome to Wordsmithing on Wednesdays, where we discuss ways to take our writing to the next level. Ping! That little sound can make my day when it’s followed by an email from a friend, news from my agent, or an … Continue reading

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WoW: The Allure of Alliteration

Welcome to Wordsmithing on Wednesdays, where we discuss ways to take our writing to the next level. . Alliteration! It’s a favorite device in my writing repertoire. What is it? My Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary defines it as “the repetition of … Continue reading

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WoW: The “Rules” of Writing

Welcome to Wordsmithing on Wednesday, where we discuss ways to take our writing to the next level. . A Moment of Inspiration . . . That’s what I experienced when I read my agent’s post, “Writing Rules are Just Tools.” … Continue reading

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WoW: Commas and Compound Sentence Confusion

Welcome to Wordsmithing on Wednesdays, where we delve into details of the writing craft. . When I offer to critique another writer’s work, I warn him or her that I once worked as a copy editor and generally perform a … Continue reading

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