Commonly Confused Words in English – Written By Writing Explained

On The Story Reading Ape’s blog, I found an excellent post, taking me to a phenomenal page, ‘Writing Explained’. TSRA recommends us to bookmark that page – and I did! Thank you very much for all the great findings and your hard work to support us authors!


Let’s face it, English can be a confusing language at times. There are hundreds of confusing words in English: words that are separated by just one or two letters or words that sound exactly alike when you say them out loud but have completely different meanings.

That is why I have created this list of commonly confused words with detailed explanations on all of their uses and differences. I have done my best to make my explanations in everyday English so that anyone and everyone reading these posts will be able to easily understand.

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Where Do Your Ideas Come From? – Written By Don Massenzio

Author Don Massenzio asks us where our ideas come from. Let’s read what he has to say about this subject. Thank you very much for all your hard blogging work for us, Don!


As I look at my writing notebook (you should consider carrying one), I see the dozens of story, setting and character ideas that I have collected and I’m both inspired and anxious.

There are many ideas that I want to turn into stories. It’s hard to write one at a time. At any given time I have a book and some kind of serial or short story going at the same time. This is tough with a 50-hour per week day job and 45 weeks of travel per year, but I somehow manage to squeeze in some writing.

As I looked at these ideas, I began thinking about where the ideas that I’ve recorded come from. I thought that telling you some of my sources might help you look at some idea generation possibilities you might not have thought of.

Porcelain cartoon characters during the planning concepts. 3d illustration.

 

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Book Marketing: 5 Ways To Stand Out As An Author On Social Media – Written By Eevi Jones

There’s an excellent blog post on ‘The Creative Penn’, written by Eevi Jones, about how to stand out as an author on Social Media. Thank you, Eevi!


It can be overwhelming for authors to manage all that’s involved in marketing our books.

In this article, Eevi Jones shares five easy ways to make the most of your social media branding so that those accounts are doing some of the work for you.

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April & May 2019 Writing Submissions [Writing Contests] – Written By Rachel Poli

Rachel Poli posted her 2019 April/May writing contests for us. Thank you, Rachel, for your ongoing hard work to keep us updated.


Here is the updated list for April & May 2019 writing submissions. I try to find submissions and contests with no fee (or on the cheaper side at least), which is surprisingly hard. As always, if you know any places that run contests and accept general submissions that are not on my list, please let me know and I’ll check it out to add it.

April 2019

Genre: Fiction
Website: Glimmer Train
Deadline: April 30, 2019
Entry Fee: $18
Prize: First – $2,500

Genre: Fiction
Theme: Family Matters
Website: Glimmer Train
Deadline: April 30, 2019
Entry Fee: $18
Prize: First – $2,500

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Master List for Describing Weather – Written By Bryn Donovan

I found an excellent blog post about describing the weather, written by Bryn Donovan. This is great! Thank you very much for sharing this, Bryn!


A lot of writers struggle with describing settings. I’ve written before about how to describe settings and why it matters, but a few people have told me they’d like me to do some of my master lists for writers to help them out!

I have a weird love for creating lists like this, so I’m happy to do it. “How to describe weather” seemed like a good place to start. This way, you won’t get stuck trying to figure out how to describe nice weather, or thinking up ways to describe rain. Hopefully, this will make your writing go faster.

I always include simple as well as more creative ways to describe or write about the weather. Sometimes, the simple word is the one you want! I included dryness and humidity in a few of the categories because it felt weird for them to get their own.

As always, this is not a comprehensive list, and I might add to it. My list will probably make you think of other possibilities, too. Bookmark or pin it for future writing reference!

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