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The Booker Award…

January 26, 2013

My fellow blogger Christi Gerstle at Novel Conclusions ( has been kind enough to award me this award. You will find her blog interesting as well as fun, covering a multitude of aspects of this writing life we live – pop on over.


Now for the award rules : The Booker Award is for book and literary blogs that are at least 50% about books, reading, etc.  On being awarded with the Booker Award, you must share your top five books (and that’s the trouble!) How does a book fanatic chose only five? Each decade of my life I have had books I re-read time and time again and I can assure you that would be a very long list. So I am going to list the ones I return to because they delight me. You will notice one is a children’s book and I’m not ashamed to admit I still love reading it.

1. Stig of the Dump by Clive King

2. The Dome by Stephen King

3. Ferney by James Long

4. The Forgotten Garden by Kate Morton

5. The Lilac Bus by Maeve Binchy

Now the next hard question…who is your favorite author and why?

I will have to say Stephen King tops my particular bill. His expertise in creating a relationship between reader and character has me in awe. Each character, whether good or bad provokes a reaction and that is great writing.


I struggled with this question. Which is your favorite genre?

To be truthful I don’t have one favorite. I read what appeals at the time I am browsing the shelves but I don’t seem to read mysteries. Not sure why.

Now the fun part choosing who I can share this award with…

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Have fun with it people…

Descriptive words are a writer’s best friend…

January 26, 2013

Let me start with the thesaurus explanation of descriptive : evocative, expressive, vivid, graphic, eloquent, colorful, explanatory, illustrative. Quiet a list, which I’m sure we could expand on if we so chose. However, my point is a single word can encapsulate a mood, a feeling or a condition. Today’s desk diary offering is such a word – Clammy – definition : being damp, sticky and unusually cool.

Check out the Thesaurus' sibling, Dictionary.

Check out the Thesaurus’ sibling, Dictionary. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The word clammy conjures up an exact feeling, one we have all had at one time or another whether due to illness or a particular uncomfortable situation. Such as our first public appearance, nervously opening a response to a manuscript submission or the tell-tale light headedness prior to fainting.

This delightful word is an example of how you can capture your character’s feelings precisely. In the revision process of any piece of work, tightening up the exposition ensures the story keeps pace and large sections can be refined into their essential elements. In using words, such as clammy, our readers are instantly aware of our character’s situation without losing the impact of the narrative. In other words -using these descriptive words keep our narrative sharp.

Careful word usage is a learned skill for many and delving into our dictionary and thesaurus on a regular basis enables us to use words to their best affect. For example if we did not use clammy, we would need to describe cold but sweaty skin, light headedness, damp beads of perspiration – a lot more words for the same condition and an overly descriptive sentence or paragraph can lose our reader’s attention. We certainly don’t want that.

Use of the thesaurus on our word document screen can assist but does have it’s limits. A good dictionary & thesaurus are a good investment for any writer. There are specific thesaurus as well. For example I have an emotional thesaurus which is a great tool.


Take your time while revising any written piece to identify descriptive words that would sharpen it. They are a writer’s best friend, so use them often.

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