8 Words to Seek & Destroy in Your Writing

I am re-blogging this article simply because I want to have access to these great writing and editing tips. A MUST read for any writer!

Shirley McLain

This is a piece previously posted by Robbie Blair that contains useful information that I want to share with you. Since I’m in the process of doing my final edit on Princess Adele’s Dragon I found this article helped me.  Maybe it can help you also.  Have a blessed week.  Shirley

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Creating powerful prose requires killing off the words, phrases, and sentences that gum up your text. While a critical eye and good judgment are key in this process, some terms almost always get in the way. Here are eight words or phrases that should be hunted down in your story and deleted with extreme prejudice.

“Suddenly”

“Sudden” means quickly and without warning, but using the word “suddenly” both slows down the action and warns your reader. Do you know what’s more effective for creating the sense of the sudden? Just saying what happens.

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Rave Reviews Book Club Wants You – #RRBC

As a fellow #RRBC member, I agree with John!

Fiction Favorites

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As you may know, I am a member of the Rave Reviews Book Club. What you may not know is the reason I joined and what the Club has meant to me. Let me clear these last points up.

I joined Rave Reviews Book Club to become associated with like-minded writers who were interested in promoting each other’s work. At the time, I looked at some organizations and had made the decision not to associate myself with them due to what I considered unusual quid pro quo requirements.

By quid pro quo, I’m referring to the practice of following each other if followed, reviewing each others books if reviewed and other scratch my back, and I’ll scratch yours kind of programs. At the time, these practices seemed a little shady to me and so I passed.

Then I had a chance to read a blog by an RRBC member and…

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The Last Cowboy Song

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“This is the last cowboy song, the end of a hundred year waltz. Voices sound sad as they’re singing along, another piece of America’s lost…..” by Ed Bruce
Link to YouTube Video

I was listening to Willie’s Roadhouse the other day on Sirius XM radio when this song started to play. It brought tears to my eyes, but more than that, it made me think about how the historical genre of writing, plays a huge role in allowing us to hold on to a way of life that is now in the past.
I love reading stories about wars over fences with many believing there should be no fences at all. Gun battles in the middle of the street when a man had broken his word, and always a lovely lady waiting in the wings to take care of her rugged cowboy. It was truly a time when things were more black and white and a much simpler way of life.
There is no doubt life was hard back then. Even the simplest of chores became difficult tasks, such as washing the family’s clothes or building a fire to cook a meal. And yet, we are drawn back to that time.
We travel many miles to stay in bed and breakfast inns far removed from civilization and although they have modern conveniences, we feel as though we’ve taken a step back in time.
The words of the song go on to say, “Remington showed us how he looked on canvas and Louis L’Amour has told us his tale…”

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A Charles Russell Painting

We’ve been given poignant glimpses into this piece of American history through the eyes of the famous painter, Frederic Remington as well as Charles Russell and the photography of John C H Grabill. Then came Louis L’Amour who made the Wild West come alive again through his stories. He brought famous cowboys blazing their way across the frontier into our living rooms and into our heart. He gave new life to forgotten tales and adventures.

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A Remington Painting

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A Pioneer Farm Home in Kansas – Photo by John CH Gabrill

More words of the song. “The Old Chisolm Trail is covered in concrete now and they truck ‘em to market in fifty foot rigs. They blow by his marker never slowing to read, like living and dying was all he did…”

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I love to stop and read historical markers. I’m always amazed at the events that took place on any particular piece of ground. In our daily rush of life, we can pass right by without taking time to stop, reflect and pay tribute to the ones that dedicated their entire lives to settling the country that we take so much for granted.
As you can see, this song touched me deeply and served as a reminder of a past time that is dying or gone. Yet, we can keep it alive through stories and songs.
“This is the last cowboy song, the end of a hundred year waltz….”

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Power, Lies, Deceit, Danger

REKINDLE THE FLAME 

BY MARC ESTES

BOOK REVIEW

Rekindle The Flame

 

This is the second book in Marc Estes’ Vendicatori series. Having read the first one, Four Pieces for Power, I was primed and ready for the continuing story.

When young Andrew Correo finds himself the head of a secret underground but extremely powerful organization, he has no idea the layers of lies and deceit he will uncover. After he won the battle for the seat as head of the Vendicatori in book one, he thought the struggles were over and would settle into a nice comfortable role as leader of this organization. But, in Rekindle The Flame, a dangerous and deadly mission of epic proportion erupts when he discovers the woman he’d loved five years ago and believed dead is indeed still very much alive. Not only is she alive, but is being held captive by Esteban, the arch enemy of the Vendicatori. Who can he trust? Which story can he believe? He finds the faith and confidence he had in his number one man questioned.

I thought the storyline in this book was very solid. I did however, have some difficulty with the bouncing back and forth between the present day and five years ago as well as bouncing from scene to scene with different characters in various locations. The ending was a surprise to me and I believe that through the act Andrew was forced to commit, he grew into a more wary and ruthless man. The events in the story are eye-opening as far as the lengths the Vendicatori will to go to protect their organization.

All in all, it’s a good read with plenty of action to keep the reader turning the pages. If you like suspense, action, drama and foreign travel, you’ll like this story.

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