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While writer and Blogger Jack Milgram asked me what I thought of his infographic “Boring Words”
I GREATLY WISH Jack had asked me BEFORE he made or finalized the graphic.
As when you read through my suggestions etc you will find that is just not right or as I called them ‘layered’, graded or ranked versions of a word. Like Chilly is a little cold, then cold, then freezing. When you are writing you may want to place the usual word there, as well as the alternate word, read the sentences twice, once with the alternate word (to be sure it is used properly. After all New and improved… is not really right if a product is improved, it is not new, there was a previous incarnation of it. It should say NEWLY Improved. Some yes can be used alternately for a word, some (like for old, some may work but may not read well.
Please keep in mind my Judgement on the words is by how they sound on their own in the category, as well as in trying to use them in a sentence. Do they still read well when used in place of the ‘boring’ word. Also, I try to see it as will an editor hack up the book if I were to use these words, same with an office setting (especially if you are an executive) Usually if I feel comfortable with using one of the alternate words, and not feel like I sound like an uneducated idiot, then they pass the tests.
All credit for InfoGraphic as well as the alternative words to use is by Writer & Blogger Jack Milgram
My replies in helping Jack out on the infographic.
on your words for ‘new’ different is not a good word to use in my opinion at all.
Depressed is absolutely NOT a good term for sad. I have been through that 3x and too many people use the term when it’s NOT sad it’s beyond that. (Literally, it’s dead man walking… you are the walking dead when you are depressed, or at least feel like you are) So please take that out. There is a certain length of time you have to be ‘sad’ in order to be clinically depressed.
Why Physical paper is better than the digital variations.
There are a few reasons I still prefer to use paper or a notebook to use a digital version (like a computer/laptop/internet based e-reader). E-readers are another reason but I finally gave in to getting myself a Kindle Fire a few years back so that if I couldn’t get out of bed if my back is giving me a problem I can just check my email and be entertained that way. Now I do have books on my Kindle, but I prefer to read print books. I’m sure I have a post on this or my Entertainment blog all the reasons why a print book is better. (2 reasons I love the feel of the paper even the smell.)
I still use a notebook/paper to write my drafts.
I have a small journal to write poems I get an idea for. Sometimes it comes out a full complete poem, and sometimes a verse or 2. So if I get stuck on finishing it, I just have to open the journal (which is right next to my bed) and write the idea in.
I have a couple stories I started which are in a binder, then an idea for one which is in a composition book with xerox copies of notes from library books of my research.
So what are my reasons to ‘shun’ the digital at least until you are ready to write up the short story or poem. (If it’s a novel you are writing I’d advise typing up 5-10 pages at a time.)
So this is my lists for the pros for paper and cons for writing
1-Turn on computer Open Book
2- wait for it to boot Turn to page
3- Open program (word, internet etc) start writing (or reading even)
4- Open new file/type in site Always Available (power or 0 Power)
5- start writing even if something spills on it, you can still fix it (dry it out) paper & read/write
6- now power/wifi = no work done *No Glare
7- distracted by the internet
8- file corruption (see paper #5)
9- screen glare
so that’s 2 steps before you get to writing on paper, and 4 before you can write on digital.
Ever hear that one gets their best Ideas while sitting on the toilet? Not sure why this is, I guess for those that just sit there, its because they are bored.
I’ve had many times I’ve gotten an idea in the shower, as well as laying down to sleep. That’s because you are relaxed and unplugged.
Spend a few times during the day with your phone, tablet or computer off. Unplug, leave a pen and notebook or journal near your bed (under your pillow or in your nightstand etc.) Write down when you have an idea. As for in the shower… the only idea I have to write down ideas is this Scuba Dive Underwater Writing Slate 6″ x 5″, . The odd thing though is it looks like a regular pencil that’s on there, so I’m not sure how that will work. I was thinking of a dry erase board just above the shower head so the marker doesn’t get washed off before you get to make a permanent note of it.
I believe Doing these 9 Things will improve your creativity. While I believe the person made it to be business oriented you can still follow it for anything you do. Collaboration, working with someone, can be fun. You can work off of each other back and forth.
I’ve found ideas and inspiration while reading books.or watching a movie or tv show. Something in it whether it was said or shown I ended up writing a poem about something in it. One of the books this happened with was in the Christopher Paolini’s Inheritance Cycle series (Eragon, Eldest, Brisingr, & Inheritance) I forget if I titled the poem or if I have even polished it to get ready to add to my book if I ever get one published.But one came from this, Sometimes when I read someone’s poem I end up writing sort of a response to it.
Sometimes things just pop into your head or an idea keeps coming back to you and you get a sign. Like I was starting to write a story and didn’t write in any character names yet. I was thinking of naming my main character after my birthstone and would you believe I went somewhere and there on the floor I found my birthstone!
Inspiration can come in writing exercises, blog posts, Pinterest and so much more! You can check my Pinterest boards pinterest.com/ @kymoDragon
Sadly I was missing for about a month (but it could be more and I’m sorry. The past month my computer died so I had to wait for my laptop to come in and am currently trying to get caught up on posts that are works in progress, editing as well as scheduling for the next year (and that’s not just for this blog. I have a few others) So I do hope at least once if not twice a month I will be able to get a post out in the new year. With that and an early Happy Holidays and New year wish out of the way…
It’s that time of year where we toast and make speeches
so I thought now would be a good time to publish this post.
They say when you give a speech start it with a joke or have one in it. This loosens up you and audience. No one likes to listen to speeches, so you need a way to keep your audience from being bored and falling asleep (same thing with presentations at meetings)
You need to keep things entertaining.. Whatever your audience, and subject have visual information, some facts, stats and a video to show, include a joke or 2 but don’t just drone on about your topic.
Think of it this way: if your worst enemy or the most boring person you know complete with that monotone speaking voice is giving some speech/presentation, there is NO WAY you are interested.
Now think what if you are that boring person, or have to give a speech or presentation in front of your enemy?
What if all you do is use facts and stats? That gets monotonous even without that tone of voice. People start to doodle, check the time and so on, it can even give one a headache.
I prefer not just hearing the speech, I would like some pamphlet or packet of some sort so I can look at the stats and other information besides listening to you, as well as seeing a few visuals and other various ways of telling information. Remember one’s mind tends to wander if you are not interested even if you have the most entertaining manner, speech and presentation.
You need to keep your audience hooked. i know these won’t work with everything and they are likely dry humor but that’s another thing, you need to change your tone through out your speech, make a sarcastic remark to something you don’t agree your voice needs to rise and fall and most of all you need to be passionate, that is the best way to keep one’s attention.
Think of it this way… Martin Luther King’s Speech and if you’ve seen Pacific Rim (yeah the first one) that inspiring speech Idris Elba’s character gives toward the end… gave me chills. That’s a way to light a fire under someone’s ass!
Here I have come across some Victorian Jokes (and yes the bit in the sidebar is from here)
Also it’s best to keep what you are doing under a certain time limit. No one likes a big long winded speech or hour long presentation. Sometimes yes it does need to be longer but best to keep shorter to answer questions as well if anyone has any!
If you are expected to do a pitch for a half hour… try to keep it to 15 minutes, let them know there should be time for Questions after.