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Prompt Me made it on the Best Writing Books of All Time List

I’m happy to announce that my book, Prompt Me: Creative Writing Journal & Workbook, made it to BookAuthority’s Best Writing Books of All Time.

BookAuthority collects and ranks the best books in the world, and it is a great honor to get this kind of recognition.

Thank you for all your support!
The book is available for purchase on Amazon.

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Photo Writing Prompt: 5 Photos to Inspire You

With my upcoming Prompt Me: Sci-Fi & Fantasy release this February, I want to celebrate by releasing a series of photo writing prompts over the next couple of weeks. Here are five of my favorites. I hope you enjoy them as much as I enjoyed taking them.

 

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New Release! Prompt Me More

I am thrilled to announce the release of my ninth title, Prompt Me More, the second Prompt Me Workbook and Journal. My life has been a whir of activity and this has been the perfect creative outlet. I hope you enjoy the prompts–I have a special affection for the photo and dialogue prompts in this book.

Well, there is no more need for preamble. Here’s the info you have been waiting for:

 

This workbook is sophisticated enough for adults and clean enough for teens.

If you want a little sneak peek at what’s inside. Here’s a graphic. Your favorites have returned, along with some new sections.  (more…)

State of Things

The turkey is in the oven, the table is set, and the kiddos are coloring place cards. Now I have my first few moments of peace since early this morning. So, first things first, Happy Thanksgiving!

If you need a gravy recipe for later today, I have a great one! Robin’s Easy GravyEasy Gravy

 

Second, here’s a little update. It’s been…well, a really, really long time. Bad writer, I know (shuffles feet and looks down).

Life has been extraordinarily busy this school year. I’m still teaching high school and college classes in American and British Literature. Additionally, who knew that first and third graders would have so much homework? I’m spending my afternoons I am working on some projects, just slowly. I’m afraid I’ve missed my deadline for Light & Shadows: Watcher Series Shorts and Extras. Being late kills the perfectionist in me (Argh!).  I did complete a 25 page prequel extra with Joshua in Romania with Gabriel, Kez, and Samael. The book is still in the works, it will be out sometime in 2017. I may add a little post-The Fallen extra for those of you who have been asking. If you are dying to have something included, send requests through my contact page.

I am also working on my second Prompt Me book. Here is the cover reveal! (more…)

Writing: Other Words for Asked, Laughed, Replied, Sat, & Was

Before you say that “said is all you need.” I do agree that you should use said, asked, and replied more than any other words, BUT some variety will add depth and context to your writing.

Other Words For ASKED, LAUGHED, REPLIED, SAT, & WAS

Balance is the Key

Varying your vocabulary is as important as varying your sentence length. It keeps readers interested and staves away boredom. Now, do you need to use a synonym every time? No, but it is beneficial to avoid using the same words in the same paragraphs.

Why not find the perfect word? Isn’t that the beauty of writing? Finding the precise word to express your idea is part of the process.

I realize that different genres call for different treatment of words such as “said.” My point is to know your genre. If you are writing for younger readers they may need more context clues. Sometimes it is helpful to know if a character is simply asking or if they are interrogating. It completely changes the tone of the scene. Or, if the bad guy is around the corner, to remind your reader that they are whispering.

Helpful Synonyms List

Here are a few helpful lists of synonyms.

Printable PDF for personal use here: Other Words for Asked, Replied, Sat, Was, & Laugh.

Other Words for Asked, Replied, Sat, Was, & Laugh

I include charts like these and other fabulous resources in each of my Prompt Me books. Purchasing them helps me bring more free resources to you. Thank you for your support!

Prompt Me Mystery & Suspense

A large variety of creative writing prompts for maximum inspiration.

  • Photo Prompts
  • Story Starters
  • Choose a Path
  • Dialogue Prompts
  • Use This Phrase
  • It’s the Crime, Baby!
  • Generators
  • Reference Charts
  • Lists, Tips, Challenges, and More!

Master Lists included: Crime & Detective Vocabulary List, Serial Killing According to the FBI, Psychopathic Traits, Character Motivations, Words for Sounds, Red Herrings, Tastes & Aromas, and More.


Other Related Topics

Other Words for Whisper and Went by Robin Woods with PDF
Other Words for Look by Robin Woods with PDF
Arguments for Using Synonyms by Tamar Hela


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