Okay so it looks like I fell off the planet. Promise - I'm still here. The last two years have been ... hard. There's no other word for it. Everything is fine. I'm fine, but I've been the caregiver of my Mother-in-law and now I'm taking care of my mom. Between her needs, work, etc I seem to have lost control of my time. I am still writing and have made a few hard decisions.

I pulled my books from Mundania and have decided to to try to sell them through other publishers. I'm happy to say the 1st three books I sold to HSWF (now owned by Mundania) have been picked up by Melange Books and will be released through their Satin Books imprint. The rest I'm still working on.

I'll probably still be sporadic. Unless I win the lottery and can hire someone to help me I can't avoid it, but know I'm still here still working hard in the background and am hoping to do better at keeping my blog alive.


Tink...tink...tink...anyone out there? Hi! I'm Barbara Donlon Bradley - Author - editor and slightly crazy - ask anyone in my family. I hope to use this blog to talk about writing, editing and whatever pops in my head. Hope you enjoy.

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Writing Down the Bones: Story Construction and Evaluation Pt 14 Word Choice #editing

Happy New Year everyone! I hope this year is good for all of us.

So let's get back to the handout I've been working from. Janice Bennett's Writing the Popular Novel - Story construction and Evaluation The Romance Novel. This week we're looking at word choices. As usual I tried to write it in my own words.

1.) Have you used active verbs instead of the passive verb? Instead saying was walking have you changed ti to walked?

2.) Can you replace adverbs with vivid verbs?

3.) Can you replace adjectives with vivid nouns?

4.) Have you checked to make sure you're not using the same words over and over?

5.) Have you used the best or strongest word to convey what you want?

6.) Are your words specific or concrete and not vague or generalized? The example Janice uses is what kind of tree?

7.) Have you removed the qualifiers like very, rather, quite and really and replaced them with metaphors or similes.

8.) Are there any redundancies that need to removed? Janice uses and example for this too - the background behind him.

9.) Have you avoided multiple adverbs and adjectives.

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