I started the Weekly Writer Useful Stuff on my blog with good intentions. But it’s been almost 7 months since my last post. Yikes.

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At the time, I meant it as a useful reference for all the blog posts and articles I read during the week. Some way to keep them in one area, plus share them with fellow writers/authors. But, I’ve been overwhelmed with life and emails, and it just got out of hand. So much for good intentions.

I’ve still been collecting them. Well, actually, I’ve been keeping the emails, not reading them, and they just grew into this monster that took over my Inbox. I finally started adding them to a Word Doc. Below are posts/articles I felt were worth saving and sharing.  I have quite a few, so I think I’ll start with posts just from Kathy Steinenmann’s site. Her website is very useful for finding ways to replace those annoying, pesky filler and passive words.


120 Ways to Say “Itchy”: A Word List for Writers

Too Many Sighs of Relief in Your Writing? 75 Alternatives

4 Guidelines for Stacked Modifiers

50 Alternatives for “Wink” in Writing

85 Alternatives for Clenched Fists: A Word List for Writers

Other Ways to Say “Sexy”: A Word List for Writers

200 Ways to Say “Angry”: A Word List for Writers

6 Ways to Reduce “-ly” Adverb Abuse: A Word List for Writers

100+ Ways to Say “Sad”: A Word List for Writers

Redundancies 102: 250+ Ways to Reduce Word Bloat

Other Ways to Say “Use”: A Word List for Writers

Alternatives for “But”: A Word List for Writers

Alternatives for “Because”: A Word List for Writers

Other Ways to Say “Get”: A Word List for Writers

Do You Overuse Similes with “Like”?

As you can see, her articles get right to the basics of writing. Her suggestions will help us clean up our manuscripts and make us proud of our published books. Our readers will appreciate it too.

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About Sahara Foley

Bio: Until my husband died on Christmas 2012, I never thought about becoming a writer. In fact, the act of writing a story terrified me. Don’t get me wrong, I loved reading, just never had the knack for writing. The thought of writing dialogue scared the bejeebers out of me. See, Bob was the writer. He wrote stories for years but could never get a traditional publisher interested enough to publish even one. Now I understand why, as they were unpolished outlines. Then, after 30 years together, Bob passed away and my life was turned upside down. About a month later, I was sitting around my apartment, trying to adjust to the worst event in my life, when a little voice spoke to me. Why not publish Bob’s stories? To be truthful, ever since the advent of self-publishing, I always wanted too, that’s how much I believed in his stories. But I knew I would have to fight him for every little change I made to his outlines. Sorry, honey, but they had to be done. So, I pulled out the box of stories, dusted them off, and started on a new adventure: The World of Self-Publishing. Boy, did I have a lot to learn. I finally published several short stories early in 2014, then my horror novella, It Lives in the Basement. While I was working on them, I was slowly learning the craft of writing, and getting The Secret of Excalibur ready for publication. Excalibur was my favorite story of them all, and in the back of my mind, I knew I wanted a publisher. One day on Twitter, I ran across a tweet from Creativia Publishing, and that was another game changer for me. I signed up with them in December of 2014, and it was the best decision I’ve made. One thing I’ve discovered on my new adventure, are all the really awesome and talented Indie Authors. If you find the right community of Indie Authors, all they want to do is help each other. I found that I love promoting them and their books, so that’s how I setup my blog. For readers to meet Indie Authors. Anyway, enough about me. Here’s all my contact information: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/booksbysaharafoley Twitter: https://twitter.com/SaharaFoley Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/saharafoley/ Google Plus: https://plus.google.com/u/0/+SaharaFoley/posts Amazon Author Page: http://www.amazon.com/Sahara-Foley/e/B00J9ST32U/ref=dp_byline_cont_ebooks_1
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  1. Deborah says:

    Thank you, shared!

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