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Word for the Week

Simile and Metaphor: Both useful in writing. Simile- something is LIKE something else. Metaphor- something IS something else.

Simile: Love is like a rose.
Metaphor: Love is a rose.

Rewrites are the perfect time to include metaphors and similes into your work. Find places where you can spice up your writing. Rather than describing what something looks like - the closet was seven feet long and three feet wide - use a metaphor: the closet was a coffin. This tells the reader what the room feels like, not just the dimensions. What matters more? The exact dimensions? Or that our heroine is trapped in a closet that feels like a coffin?

Locate places in your work that feel dry, info dumps where you need description, but want a little more zing- then try out a simile or metaphor. Be creative! We've all heard love is a rose, but what else can it be?

Prompt for the Week

My wish for the new year is...

Hyoid

The hyoid bone is a tiny, horseshoe shaped bone found in the neck. When a character has this bone broken- detectives assume strangulation as the cause of death.

Prompt for the Week

The most painful experience I can remember in my life was when...

Word for the Week

Quoits: Possibly the precursor to the game of horseshoes. Played with metal, rope, or rubber rings, thrown near or on a spike. 

Prompt for the Week

As a child I remember the holidays meant ...

Word for the Week

Here are many words for thankful... you probably already know them, but how often do we think about them in our lives?  My wish for you this week is that you have many things, people, events to be thankful for, and people who are thankful for having you in their lives.

at peace, cheerful, comfortable, content, glad, gratified, pleased, satisfied, serene, beholden, contented, grateful, gratified, indebted, much obliged, obliged, pleased, relieved, satisfied...

Happy Thanksgiving

Prompt for the Week

I am thankful for...

Prompt for the Week

Last night I dreamed ...

Word for the Week

Glaucous: Of a pale grayish or bluish green. Leaves covered with a grayish, bluish, or whitish waxy coating that is easily rubbed off.

Prompt for the Week

When I travel I feel...

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Barnstormer: One who travels around the country, often making political speeches. Can also be an actor or acting troupe who travels around producing plays.

One who appears at carnivals or fairs, executing flying demonstrations and parachute jumping.

One who travels to participate in games as an athlete, especially baseball.

Also Barnstorming

Prompt for the Week

One thing I have lost in my life is...

Word for the Week

Commissure: a place where two things are joined, as in the tract of fibers joining the hemispheres of the brain.

Word for the Week

Instantiate/Instantiation/Instantiated: To represent an abstract concept through a concrete example. Also- to follow a concept through to a logical conclusion. Such as. All women are pretty. Therefore, Jane is pretty.

Prompt for the Week

If I was not a writer, I would be a ...

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Salient: Outstanding, something which grabs attention, as in a salient point of view
In battle, the portion of a line which is closest to the enemy
In heraldry, the animal or representation which is shown leaning forward to leap, as in a rampant lion
In geography, a panhandle or spit of land which projects into another territory or body of water

This Week's Prompt

If I were a different person, I might be good at...

Word for the Week

Halcyon: calm, clear, happy, joyful. Can also mean prosperous. Comes from a mythical bird, possibly the Kingfisher, which in Greek mythology bred on a calm sea for fourteen days (The Halcyon Days).

Prompt for the Week

Pick one!

The last time I cried was...
The last time I laughed uproariously was...