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COULD YOU (not) REPEAT THAT PLEASE?


I recently read a book where everything was akimbo.  Arms were akimbo, legs were akimbo.  Akimbo appeared on every page.            Okay every page is a slight exaggeration, but akimbo was in every chapter more than once.  I started thinking of the hero in the book as Adam West?s posturing Batman persona.            Every writer is guilty of the akimbo type of repetitiveness once in awhile.  Most of the time we?re not even aware that we?re echoing ourselves.            How do these unconscious akimbo dittos creep into our work?  The English language is so rich with descriptors, why would we rob our manuscripts of the warmth and color that this richness brings to our work?  Simply put -- we?re lazy.              When the afore mentioned writer was feverishly scribbling away on her book, she arrived at a moment when her character took a stance, and the first word that popped into her head was akimbo.  Writing akimbo was easier than it would be to stop the flow of her writing and come up with a different way of saying akimbo.  The only problem is instead of going back to edit out ninety percent of the akimbos, she left them in and it became a distraction to the reader (and humorous to me, which I?m sure wasn?t her intention).            Don?t let yourself get lazy.  Go through your work and get rid of repetitive words.  Especially if they?re words like akimbo that are not used in everyday conversation.            If you need help, go to the Georgetown Linguistics website and use their frequency index tool (see the web address below).  Copy your text into the box provided and click on the ?Do it!? button.  This website will give you a list of every word and how many times it was used in your manuscript.              I would suggest (and this is just my opinion) that if you discover that you?ve used akimbo more than twenty-nine times, get rid of all but one of them.            By the way akimbo appears 13 times in this passage.  Annoying wasn?t it!

Ferreting Out Work


FERRETING OUT WORK

Gaining Writing Experience


GAINING WRITING EXPERIENCE

Amazing Ways Writing Articles Can Improve Your Business


How to get a lot of traffic to your website FREE? Writing articles. This is one of most cost effective way to promote your website - it saves you a lot of money, in the meantime, you get a lot of valuable visitors. The following are a few tips for your reference.

Write With Passion: 4 Steps To Emotionally Charge A Nonfiction Article


You have just completed a draft of an article. It seems flat, even to you. It needs some spunk. Needs to be more alive. Possibly you're at a loss on how to spruce it up so that it creates an emotional connection with the readers.

Freewriting: A Strategy That Will Bring Your Writing To Life


Freewriting is a release from the prison of rules. It allows the fastest and deepest improvements to a writer?s creative process. Freewriting shows writers how to overcome past resistance challenges. Either in writing, control, or other fears. It returns the power of free thought. It also renews the energy flow with the universal laws of attraction.

8 Great Journaling Tips


Mix a martini, don't forget the olives, or pour yourself a tea, relax and enjoy!

Leveraging Your Writing


A frequent conversation I have with my writing clients is how to best utilize their writing to gain more exposure and to create more income. If there is one thing that will accomplish both of these objectives, it?s learning how to leverage your writing.

The Writing Game


There are a lot of tapes and books and CD and even videos out there that claim they teach you how to write, but how many actually offer a full 4 part course included in their manual. A course that is offered in London as part of a creative writing school?

Three Tips to Improve Your Writing Rhythm


As a professional copywriter, not only do I do a lot of writing but I also look at a lot of writing. One of the things I've noticed that set the good/great writers from the so-so is rhythm.

Celebrating Writing and Life


Every morning I excitedly get out of bed. Just a few minutes of goals and visions for the day swirl in my head. No lingering for me, no alarm, no wishful notes too. Just me in my night gown with no hat.

Going On A Word Diet


There are three ways to write a first draft. One is to ink whatever surfaces, in whatever order without regard to grammar, spelling or staying on topic. After the free write, the points, and message extracted for notes or an outline. Time is its adversary and clarity chisels its way forward slowly.

Revving Up Your Writing Productivity


Productivity begins by recognizing and valuing your brilliance, time, and space. It starts with awareness of what works and what does not. It continues with examining what needs grease, or other needs. Search for the truth for what you need in order to rev up your writing.

Web Writing: Create Writing Flow With Four Uncommon Connectors


Connectors -- conjunctions, punctuation, and transitional phrases -- allow readers to process information promptly by creating balance and relationships between sentence parts. The connectors are performing the same work as verbs, objects, modifiers and multiple subjects.

Writing the PDA Way


When we think of writing it triggers many thoughts and visions depending on our framing. It could trigger a lone man with a full astray, unshaven, staring at an old plunking typewriter with white blank crisp paper waiting in anticipation for his words.

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