Tag: Words

Writers: Poetry Can Sharpen Your Prose

For Writers: Ten Ways Poetry Can Improve Your Prose Writing poetry develops skills of concise wording (something we editors like!). The writing (and reading) of poetry can sharpen your observation skills. Because syntax matters in poetry, you will improve in your understanding of syntax matters. Figures of speech used in poetry teach you finer subtleties…

A Checklist to Make Your Writing Shine

I taught from the following list at a recent writers workshop. Afterwards, a couple of wide-eyed writers said to me, “You really want good writing.” Well, yes, I do! The better-written a manuscript comes to me, the more I like it. Here at Cladach we may resonate with the premise and material of a nonfiction…

Search, Find, Delete These Word Gremlins

These troublesome words tend to hide like gremlins in our writing (especially in fiction, but also nonfiction). We often use these words compulsively, but often they aren’t needed. Remember, less is more. Conciseness makes better, stronger, clearer writing. Do a search for—and delete unnecessary uses of—the following: very just that nice interesting look / looked…

Periodic Sentences

How does the writer effectively pull in the reader, take hold of his hand, and keep him reading? How does a writer achieve her goal of changing her reader’s thinking, of painting pictures in his mind that give pleasure, insight, and hope? The writer’s success depends largely on how she arranges her words in sentences.…

The Right Word in the Right Place

“To get the right word in the right place is a rare achievement.”  ~ Mark Twain The most apt word you can find put into the place that it will work best. Picking the right word and putting it in the best place in the sentence. The right word in the best place. The right…

For the Love of Words and the Living Word

If you’re a word person, as I am, then perhaps you also have “a love affair with words.” You use words, but take care not to abuse them. You like to play with words, but you also take them seriously. You cherish them, listen to them, pray over them, respect them, have faith in them,…

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