Girls Write Out
Thursday, November 10, 2011

Okay, so I couldn't do a blog without another picture of our newest grandson, Maddox James. Do you see that he's smiling? Most likely thinking of a trip to Nanny and Papaw's house. :-)

On to the matter of writing. Finding that right word. Sometimes I want to bang my head against a wall, because the word I want is on the tip of my tongue, but I just can't grasp it. I flip through online thesauruses, dictionaries, nothing.

While I worked for a court reporter, I spent many days waiting on the attorneys or deponent to arrive. One day I decided to think of all the verbs and adjectives I could think of, colorful and bright, to refer to when I was writing. I had pages and pages. Wish I could remember what I did with that!

Anyway, what do you do to find the right word? Remember, the words we choose also reveal our writing voice.


Diann Hunt  
posted at 10:16 AM  
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At 10:45 AM, Blogger Denise Hunter said...

Just yesterday I needed a word and could not think of it. It came to me about twenty minutes later when I was doing something else. "Estranged".

At 11:49 AM, Blogger Timothy Fish said...

I use the singer's approach. If I can't think of word, I just write "watermelon" instead.

At 11:53 AM, Blogger Tracy Ruckman said...

I pull out my Flip Dictionary and flip through it until I found the right word or another one I like better. :-)

Your grandson - and all your grandkids - are gorgeous!

At 3:55 PM, Blogger jel said...

What a cute~T~pie :)

At 7:38 PM, Blogger Hannah Alexander said...

I'm with Tracy. I write a word like the one I want and check my word processor thesaurus. Then if that doesn't work I keep playing with it until I find the perfect--or near perfect--word. I figure my editor may decide to change it, anyway. Gotta love your editors!

At 10:16 PM, Blogger Sandie said...

When I'm trying to remember a word and can't, I IM my daughter, explain what I want and she comes up with the word for me. ;-) She's my own personal, live dictionary/thesaurus.


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Kristin Billerbeck
Kristin Billerbeck is a proud Californian, wife, mother of four, and connoisseur of the irrelevant. She writes Christian Chick Lit; where she finds need for most of the useless facts lulling about in her head.

Colleen Coble

Colleen Coble writes romantic suspense with a strong atmospheric element. A lovable animal of some kind--usually a dog--always populates her novels. She can be bribed with DeBrand mocha truffles.

Denise Hunter

Denise Hunter writes women's fiction and love stories with a strong emotional element. Her husband says he provides her with all her romantic material, but Denise insists a good imagination helps too.

Diann Hunt

Diann Hunt writes romantic comedy and humorous women's fiction. She has been happily married forever, loves her family, chocolate, her friends, chocolate, her dog, and well, chocolate.

Hannah Alexander

Cheryl Hodde writes romantic medical suspense under the pen name of Hannah Alexander, using all the input she can get from her husband, Mel, for the medical expertise. For fun she hikes and reads. Out of guilt, she rescues discarded cats. She and Mel are presently taking orders from four pampered strays.

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