100 Whimsical Words by Mark Nichol The English language can be maddening to native speakers and learners alike, but is also delightfully rich, especially for those who seek to convey a lighthearted tone in their writing. Here are 100 words it’s difficult to employ without smiling. Though their meanings may be obscure, they each present a challenge — I mean an opportunity — for you to paint a vivid word picture. Imbue your musings with mirth by incorporating these terms: 45 ways to avoid using the word 'very' Writers Write is your one-stop resource for writers. Use these 45 ways to avoid using the word ‘very’ to improve your writing. Good writers avoid peppering their writing with qualifiers like ‘very’ and ‘really’. According to Collins Dictionary: ‘Padding is unnecessary words or information used to make a piece of writing or a speech longer. Adding modifiers, qualifiers, and unnecessary adverbs and adjectives, weakens your writing. This post gives you 45 ways to avoid using the padding word ‘very’. Three Telling Quotes About ‘Very’ “Substitute ‘damn’ every time you’re inclined to write ‘very;’ your editor will delete it and the writing will be just as it should be. If you enjoyed this, you will love: Top Tip: If you want to learn how to write a book, sign up for our online course. by Amanda Patterson © Amanda Patterson
Write Source - Writing Topics The best way to get into writing is simply to write . . . and write . . . and write . . . freely. This practice helps you develop a feel for writing. To get started, you’ll need a topic to write about. Below, you will find lists of ideas to serve as starting points for personal or journal writing. Click here for more information on Write One or Write Source 1 A special birthday I’d like to see . . . Friendly places My favorite foods I know a lot about . . . Click here for more information on Write Away or Write Source 2 Games I play with friends How to make new friends A joke that makes everybody laugh Something funny that happened to me What I know about dinosaurs An important person I know about Good things about my neighborhood My favorite foods After-school games Sometimes I wish . . . Click here for more information on Write on Track or Write Source 3 Staying at a friend’s house A special secret place When I was upside down What if we suddenly had to move? I’m principal for the day.
Top Web Annotation and Markup Tools Contextual feedback is crucial for remote teams working online to have fast and efficient feedback system. Asking and taking feedback is tedious and usually happens off-context using email and text message. There are some tools, however, that allow teams to discuss things and collaborate online in much better way. Web Annotation and Markup tools help you to comment, discuss and collaborate right on web pages or screenshots or PDFs. In this post, we’re showcasing the best yet freely available tools for contextual feedback. Read Also: 20 Free Tools to Annotate PDF Documents Scrible Scrible helps building your own online library of annotated articles or research materials and owing to the same, it’s a perfect tool for researchers and remote teams. Scrible offers bookmarklet and an extension for Chrome. "Bookmark Page" and "Share" buttons perform as expected and you can share the annotated page using Permalink in case you seek feedback. Pros: Cons: Diigo Pundit Annotator Hypothesis Notable
100 Useful Web Tools for Writers | College Degrees All kinds of writers, including poets, biographers, journalists, biz tech writers, students, bloggers and technical writers, take a unique approach to their jobs, mixing creativity with sustainability. Whether you’re a freelance writer just scraping by or someone with a solid job and more regular hours, the Internet can provide you with unending support for your practical duties like billing, scheduling appointments, and of course getting paid; as well as for your more creative pursuits, like developing a plot, finding inspiration and playing around with words. Turn to this list for 100 useful Web tools that will help you with your career, your sanity and your creativity whenever your write. Getting Organized Thanks to the Internet, disorganized writers are no longer a cliche. Finding Inspiration Beat down writer’s block by using these online idea prompts and inspirational tools. Getting Gigs For many writers, finding a gig is the hardest part of their career. Networking and Marketing
Freelancers' Toolbox - 30+ Online Freelance Resources While writing about 100+ ways to make money online, we received lots of requests for more freelance resources. So in a break from our regularly scheduled programming, we bring you 30+ resources for freelance photographers, writers, and programmers, many of them decidedly web 1.0. Feel free to add more resources in the comments. iStockPhoto - the leading stock photos site. Fotolia - a "web 2.0" version of iStockPhoto. PhotoStock Plus - Sell your photos worldwide to a large variety of clients. eXpress Digital - Set up your own online store front for selling your photography. SmugMug - Take pictures, set your prices and earn a profit selling from your own virtual gallery. ImageKind - Setup a free online gallery and sell your art online as framed prints. Shutterstock - Submit your photos and get paid a commission every time they are downloaded. ImageCatalog - Earn a forty percent commission when someone downloads your photos. For Freelance Writers WritersWeekly - Popular freelance writing ezine.
30+ Tools For The Amateur Writer NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) is almost upon us. On November 1st, brave souls everywhere will embark on a month long endeavor to write a story of at least 50,000 words. We've gathered 30+ tools to help those folks who want to try their hand at it. Collaborative Writing Coventi.com - A site offering several different packages, with the cheapest being free for the personal user. Google Docs - Part of the Google suite of products, which enables you to invite others to work with you on a document. Glypho.com - Put down the basic idea of your story, get a plot and character suggestions. Novlet.com - Collaborative writing where you write just a couple of paragraphs at a time. Portrayl.com - A site that lets you write one chapter at a time, and when done, release it as a PDF. SynchroEdit.com - A browser-based editor that allows multiple users to edit the same document at the same. WideWORD.net - Create a secure document online and then pick who can look at it and participate. See also:
Randomly Awesome Words Ambiguous Words | Muse Here's a bunch of words that, free of any other context, have a LOT of meanings. Because of this flexibility, they can be instrumental in titles for your songs, poems, and stories. Click on each word to delve deeper into these words' meanings. The most flexible words are at the top of the list. In other words, we cut you a break by breaking the breaks on "break" and a bunch of other ambiguous words, without taking a break! You should have seen my hand fly when I made sure the fly couldn’t fly anymore! So now you're probably wondering "what words are VERY specific?" Find Random Specific Words 50 Most Challenging Words Back in 2010 The New York Times published a list of 50 fancy words that most frequently stump their readership. The New York Times 50 Fancy Words (defined and used) 1. Inchoate: just begun and so not fully formed or developed I am glad your inchoate proposals for integrating the company were not accepted this time, thus saving us face. 2. Anderson’s profligacy cost him his job and its better you tighten up your belt before you go the same way. 3. Mr. 4. Every major war on this planet were followed by many years of austerity. 5. The firm’s profligate spending only hastened its downfall. 6. Humpty Dumpty’s antics remain a constant source of baldenfreude for children and adults alike. 7. His ludicrous attempts at mimicry in the office only earned him the opprobrium of his colleagues. 8. The millionaire technocrat and his cronies were publicly derided for being apostates, after they were exposed of polluting the environment while purporting to have spent large sums for water conservation. 9. 10. 11.
7 Beautiful Words With No Direct English Translation You know that feeling you get when surrounded by close friends or family -- perhaps gathered around a fireplace after a meal, or chatting on the couch in your pajamas on a Sunday morning? There truly is no word to describe it. Or at least not in English. In Dutch, there's gezellig, which means cozy, but encompasses more than a physical feeling. It is a sort of social coziness. This and other words without direct English translations have been compiled in the collection, Lost in Translation: An Illustrated Compendium of Untranslatable Words from Around the World. Below are 7 beautiful words with no direct English translation. Tretår -- Swedish Trepverter -- Yiddish Karelu -- Tulu Indian Kabelsalat -- German Gazelleig -- Dutch Pålegg -- Norwegian Razliubit -- Russian