Color My World

From “Love is Blue”  crooned by Frank Sinatra to “My World is Blue” by White Trash Clan to “Yellow” sung by Coldplay to “Tie a Yellow Ribbon Round the Old Oak Tree” performed by Tony Orlando to “It’s Not Easy...

Fave Websites for Writers

Writing is fun! Line editing—not so much. Many new writers are adrift on an ocean of punctuation and capitalization errors. Swimming though a shark-infested murky sea of comma and grammar rules is fraught with em-dash typhoons and ellipses tidal waves....

Household Symbolism

A man’s home is his/her castle. It’s also chock full of symbolic furnishings and doodads. Give your story some symbolic zing by being familiar with a few of the household symbolic heavyweights. Books: Wisdom and learning. Is the book old or new? Are pages torn out...

Making Eyes

Eyes are powerful symbols. The mere glance glimmer gawk gaze ogle glare bore focus beam sparkle peek peer look goggle gape leer ( did I miss any?) reveals a character’s emotions. No wonder the eyes are the windows of the soul. But there’s more to eyes...

Word Lists & Helps

Folks–writers and students--seem to like my word lists, so here they are in easily accessible jpeg and pdf form. DEAD Words: blah words that just don’t really do anything for your prose or academic paper. dead word list pdf  Commonly Confused Words:...
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