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What is Grace?

Watch and listen to the definition of Grace.



WOW!  Unbelievable!  I hope this leaves you smiling and brightens your day.

Donna B. Comeaux
Freelance Writer, Poet, Author

The Fall of Man – Will Women Replace Our Fallen Politicians?

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Freelance Writer, Poet, Author

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Writing Tips – Common Misused Words – No. 3

Becoming a writer is hard work.  Depending on the genre you’re writing for, this profession comes with a host of rules to abide by, along with many things to learn (and sometimes unlearn).

With every chapter I write, it seems I learn something new, or I forget to implement what I’ve learned.  My most common mistake is using the wrong words.  It’s embarrassing.

More importantly, the definition of the correct words and that of the wrong words are vastly different and can be the deciding factor in getting your books published.  Misused words prove counter-productive and are bound to mislead your readers.  These mistakes, however, aren’t life-threatening and no one is going to barge into your home and eat you because you made this mistake.  Be encouraged.  If you and I were the only ones making this mistake, there wouldn’t be any need for the reference books I listed below to be in print, would it?  Over time, with good, diligent, proofreading habits, you will catch your mistakes and become a better writer. 

The four books I heavily rely on to help minimize mistakes are:  Style – Lessons in Clarity and Grace – Ninth Edition by Joseph M. Williams; How to Not Right Bad Rite Bad Wright Bad Write Bad by Ben Yagoda; Spunk & Bite by Arthur Plotnik; and Word Savvy by Nancy Ragno.  Each book is filled with examples applied to the principles of writing.  They also include a list of common misused words, especially Word Savvy (on page 138).  You may save money by purchasing these books used through Amazon.com. 

A book I inadvertently omitted from the list above is The Well-Spoken Thesaurus by Tom Heehler.  The thing I love most about The Well-Spoken Thesaurus and Word Savvy is that the authors don’t spend a lot of time listening to themselves talk.  They get straight to the point and provide numerous examples.  Word Savvy even has quizzes and work exercises.  These are quick reference books for the ages.

In addition to using these books, I have also saved wordsmyth.net into my web browser so that it’s always at my fingertips.  You may have a favorite dictionary or thesaurus you like to use.  If so, make sure it’s in your web browser.  Use it often. 

The last tip I want to share is:  learn how to read exactly what you have written.  This is a hard one.  I stumble over this all the time.  However, it is important because once you post or publish your writing, often it can’t be undone.  Be diligent about proofreading your work.  Don’t be shy about asking someone to proof it for you.  Don’t ask a friend.  They’ll coddle you and this won’t do you any good.  You need an objective eye to help you through the editing process.  If the people you know are too busy, present them with only a few pages at a time. 

Below is a list of misused words I have encountered, but there are many more.  Refer to the books I noted above, or Google frequently misused words on the internet. 

Sequence – an arrangement or process in which one thing follows another

Sequin – a small shiny flat disk usually sewn in great numbers onto clothing as decoration

Anecdote – a brief account of a notable or humorous incident; a story, tale, narrative

Antidote – a substance that counteracts poison or disease

Odious (which I wrote as Idious) – provoking or deserving of hatred; despicable, detestable

Hideous – exceptionally ugly or frightening in appearance; repulsive

Scuff – to drag the feet along while walking; shuffle

Scoff – speak with mild scorn or derision

Principle – a law, doctrine, or assumption on which action or behavior is based

Principal – first in status, value, or importance, chief, main

Effect – something produced or brought on by something else; ability to bring about a change or result

Affect – to influence, cause a change in, or have an impact on; to move emotionally, touch

Poke – to jab, prod, especially with a slender or sharp object

Pout – to show unhappiness or displeasure, especially by pushing out the lips; sulk; scowl

Donna B. Comeaux
Freelance Writer, Poet, Author

Poverty – The Stirrings of Gordon Parks’ Work of Art

Gordor Parks - Photographer Gordon Parks - Younger

Gordon Parks was our first African-American Film Director.  He directed Shaft in 1971.  In 1969 he wrote The Learning Tree, his autobiography, which he transformed into a movie.  He also composed music, and was a civil rights activist.  Gordon Roger Alexander Buchanan Parks was 93 when he died on March 7, 2006.

Gordon Parks - Director Gordon Parks - Aged

Please visit http://ezinearticles.com/?Poverty—The-Stirrings-of-Gordon-Parks-Work-of-Art&id=8039797 to see my latest article entitled “Poverty – The Stirrings of Gordon Parks’ Work of Art.” Below the article is a link to Gordon Parks’ black and white photographs he created for Life Magazine many years ago.  These black and white photographs will make the discomforts of our lives seem frivolous.

Donna B. Comeaux
Freelance Writer, Poet, Author
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