Write with Nouns and Verbs…

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Write with nouns and verbs.

No disrespect intended toward the other six parts of speech, but nouns and verbs are the meat and bones of writing.

Everything else is garnish.

Get your nouns right.

Make them concrete and specific.

Use cardigan instead of sweater and linebacker instead of football player.

Don’t philosophize about suffering when you could introduce your reader to a Marine widow and her fatherless infant.

And make your verbs lively.

Don’t walk if you can meander or strut.

Don’t just hit if you can slap, thump or pummel.

Writers should value every word, but wise writers give special attention to nouns and verbs.

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Kid’s books: honesty

Did your parents ever tell you “Honesty is the best policy?” But maybe you disagreed. Perhaps you thought that would only cause more trouble.  Let’s say one of the three of us broke our mom’s favorite vase. Naturally, our dad would ask which of the three of us broke it. He’d promise if we told the truth, we would not be punished. Our dad would scold us and remind us to be more careful. In the end, we were glad to understand the importance of being honest. My kid’s books highlight things like friendship, teamwork, honesty, and kindness.
A young lady named Charlotte McCourt is well acquainted with the values of honesty.Here’s what she wrote about one flavor of Girl Scout cookies she sells:
“The 11-year-old gave the Do Si Do cookie a 5 out of 10 score because of its “bland, unoriginal flavor”. Her most scathing 1/10 review was for the Toffeetastic; saying that it was “a bleak, flavorless, gluten-free wasteland”. Charlotte said,” She tried everything to make the cookies taste better including dunking them in tea or hot chocolate.”
*reblogged from dhdunne.blogspot.com and http://www.childrensbookswithlifelessons.com
copyright 2017: Deanie Humphrys-Dunne

Short Story Collection – An Angel Among Us is Now Here – Cover Reveal!

Jemsbooks

An Angel Among Us

Cover by John A. Spina

IT’S HERE!!!!

I am excited to announce that my short story collection, An Angel Among Us, is now available on Create Spaceand Amazon, and soon on KindleBarnes & Nobleand other online stores. I will post the other links as they become available.

Anne Gillis Benedetto BlWt

This book was a labor of love. It is dedicated to my courageous friend, Anne Gillis Benedetto, who passed on January 3, 2017. Everyone who knew Anne loved her. She had an infectious smile, wit, and the biggest heart of anyone I have ever known. She will be missed every day. This book, I hope, will help to keep her memory alive. I think Anne would have liked this book. I only wish I could have given her a copy before she died.

There are fifteen stories in this collection. There is something for everyone here.

Book…

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Author Geoff Cronin – 1923 – 2017 – A Life Well Lived

A beautiful tribute you must read.

Smorgasbord - Variety is the spice of life

110-1095_imgThere are many images of my father-in-law Geoff Cronin in boxes of family photographs and also in our digital files. However, when looking at those we have, it was clear that they marked the passing of time, but not the life’s events that were contained within those nearly 94 years.

I believe as person’s hands tell a different story. These are Geoff’s hands that I think better represent a life well lived. Since 1923 these hands have completed both gentle and more complex tasks, and despite the gradual but persistent loss of feeling in them over the last ten years, they were still able to stroke a beloved great-grandchild’s cheek, pat a visiting dog’s head or raise a small glass of Winter’s Tale medium sherry before dinner.

In the last 94 years these hands have turned to many a task, including fishing and hunting rabbits to put food on the…

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Celebrate the small things

Friday is here again. That means we can cheer about anything we want. Be sure to stop by LexaCain.blogspot.com to see what she and her blogging partners have to celebrate. Here’s what we’re celebrating this week:

  • We lost electricity twice today, but now, it’s back! We missed it, especially with the cold weather we’re not enjoying now.
  • A little party for “Fat Tuesday. We had extra stuff to eat and dessert.
  • My author friend, Janice Spina has a new book coming out soon.
  • My son found time to do some updates on my website. He did a great job.
What are you celebrating this week?
Thanks for stopping by.
copyright: 2017: Deanie Humphrys-Dunne
*reblogged from DeanieHumphrysDunne.blogspot.com

Author Spotlight – Jill Sammut

Writer's Treasure Chest

jill-head-1Welcome! 

 

  1. When did you start writing? 

I wrote my first books at the kitchen table around the age of six.  Constructed with paper, crayons, and random staples, I even managed to design advertisements for future “books” in my series on the back of each creation.

 

  1. What motivates you to write? 

My current work is a series of chapter books for tweens.  The books celebrate children living with issues such as anxiety and cerebral palsy while encompassing a diverse set of characters.  Someone needs to tell the story of kids who are not typically well-represented in traditional literature.  Every time I hear from a reader who saw themselves reflected in my work, it motivates me.

  1. What genre do you write in and what made you chose this particular genre? 

I am currently writing books that target tweens.  A particular child with anxiety who couldn’t find…

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