Lots Of Synonyms…

All the Syns

Happy Wednesday, fabulous readers!

This post is especially for the writers out there. My lovely friend and writing-partner-in-crime, Robin Woods, has a wonderful BLOG where she shares lots and lots of writing resources for FREE. I have her permission to share some of what she has written on her blog, and I thought the resources below would be especially helpful.

Today, we’re talking synonyms. I’ve touched on the subject before, and one year I even received backfire from some overzealous, newbie NaNo writers who took Leonard’s advice on just using “said” for dialogue rather religiously (and erroneously).

Look…here’s the deal. I have taught English in various forms for the past 14 years. I have been writing fiction since the age of 10. I have incorporated classic literature into my teaching curriculum. I’m a trained copywriter. I’ve edited over 25 books in the past year and a half. I have written 3 books and counting. This year alone, I have read 34 novels in varying genres. Though I don’t like thrusting my credentials out there, sometimes I feel it’s necessary to assert myself and my experience. I know there is ALWAYS something new to learn, but when it comes down to it, I have many, many years under my belt of knowing the English language intimately. Therefore, I tend to roll my eyes when inexperienced writers tout some other writer’s philosophy at me, arguing that they know best. (And, yes, I am FULLY aware of the intentional repetition of “have,” in the above paragraph, thank you very much.)

Rules were made to be broken. Rules were also made to make our prose tight, intelligent, and evocative. Finding the balance between the two can be tricky, but it can be done. Trust me on this one.

So, back to synonyms, which I definitely think should be used in order to cut all the repetition in our writing, as well as improve its flow. Synonyms are necessary at times, unnecessary at others. And this is where practice comes into play. Unless you devote the time to practice writing, unless you devote the time to read as often as you can, you will have a hard time mastering the art and craft of the written word. Is it fine to use “said” after dialogue more often than other words? Sure, I think so. But a talented writer will either use a different where needed, OR weave the sentence in such a way that it isn’t needed at all. Like I said, there’s a fine line.

For further thoughts/examples on my case for using synonyms, you can check out this post: Arguments for Using Synonyms.

And now, here are some FREE resources for you, courtesy of Robin Woods. Feel free to send her a tweet of gratitude, or leave a comment after this post (I love it when you guys talk to me). Enjoy!

Other Words for Asked, Replied, Sat, Was, & LaughClick HERE to download the file for personal use.

Other Words for Whisper

Click HERE to download the file for personal use.

Other Words for Happy Sad MadClick HERE to download the file for personal use.

FREE Resources For Writers & Bloggers

Well, I’m slowly updating my website. It needs quite an overhaul, but trust me, dear readers, I’m working on it! The biggest elephant I just tackled was my FREE RESOURCES page. I’ve curated Pinterest boards and Evernote notebooks to give you guys lots of great resources for writing, blogging, social media, author platform, marketing, etc. You’re welcome. 🙂

You can check out my FREE RESOURCES page by clicking HERE. This page will also lead you to my FAVORITE BLOGS, FREE BLOGGER RESOURCES, and FREE WRITER RESOURCES. Yes, you’ll have to dig around a bit to find exactly what you want, but at least I’ve organized it all by tags and visuals. Hooray!

I hope these resources will guide you in your writing and blogging endeavors. Feel free to share these resources with fellow writers. And, should you ever have questions or would like to work with me, then you can CONTACT ME HERE.

I have a very exciting announcement coming up soon! Until then, enjoy the free resources! xx

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Writer Resource: Synonyms for “Said” and “Walk”

Today I have a special guest and good friend, Robin Woods, sharing some great writing tips. And rather than type out paragraph after paragraph to convey this awesome resource, Robin has compiled an excellent chart, available for YOU to download for FREE! Woohoo! I am so excited about this chart, because Robin is very organized. Therefore, I encouraged her to put her process to paper to help other writers. As a seasoned English teacher and author, this lady knows her stuff. I hope that you will find this resource extremely useful.

Also, just wanted to say that you’ll want to stay tuned for THIS Wednesday because Robin will be back on my blog, sharing the beautiful cover for her up-and-coming book Allure–part of “The Watchers” series. Plus, it’s her birthday that day, and I’m sure you’re eager to wish her a happy one. 🙂 Until then, have fun with the chart!

Click the chart to download in PDF format.

Click the chart to download in PDF format.

If you’re eager to learn more about Robin and simply can’t wait until Wednesday, check her out at these places:

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Robin-Woods/e/B009H8V62C/ref=ntt_athr_dp_pel_1
Facebook: www.facebook.com/robinwoodsfiction
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Good Reads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5390266.Robin_Woods