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Infographic- 28 Boring Words; and what to use instead

While writer and Blogger Jack Milgram  asked me what I thought of his infographic “Boring Words”28 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.

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All credit for InfoGraphic as well as the alternative words to use is  by  Writer & Blogger Jack Milgram

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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. 

Different is basically when something is being compared so it would certainly not be new. 
‘Virgin’  you buy something called virgin aside from olive oil? New is the best to describe something NEW… Fresh is ok, the latest.  Modern is a little so-so for me as someone can say something is modern now, but it could also mean something from anywhere from the 90s til now in the 21st century. State of the art is not a good ‘NEW’ word as state of the art is something specific. Think of it as something more like the military uses but the common man can’t afford. Usually, pretty much anything you’d see in a sci-fi movie, even the old Star Trek movies (and really never watched them but the few things I see) say their guns that is state of the art. State of the art usually has something to do with machines and technology so not really a good word for new. 

Move EMERGING to words for next as that is usually used for ‘up and coming’ bands artists and that sort but you need to remove succeeding  


Tone is NOT feel,  nor is effect or affect spirit is not a sense so that is not right…Discern… I’m not sure about you’d have to ask a proper English teacher on that one. I read the definition but still not sure. Viibe is good cause that’s another way I am judging these. If I get a bad vibe or feel indifferent that I can not agree with it. 

Lose pretend under seem. Shows signs of and come across as is ok but a little longer (though maybe a bit more sophisticated sounding than seem) 

See what you have under “Best, a lot of them are ‘grades’ or levels of that. You can use all those words for best my argument on that is this…

You have Best, Better and ‘bestest’  (which really is greatest’) just like There’s Cool weather which would be 60 F there’s cold weather 40s-50 and Freezing weather 35 and below.
Terrific is out… doesn’t work in place of Best/ The best bowler got a perfect score.    as to  the Terrific bowler got a perfect score 

in Old get rid of last 3 

in Other  need to lose fresh 

For important I’d take out Essential and meaningful (they don’t hold the power to show importance) same with significant, serious and necessary. 

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. 

Many of the words for sad are just ‘levels’ of sadness. Same with Happy 

basically, most that you used for best and good could probably be interchanged. 

Bad is not evil… Evil is bad but bad is not evil… There IS a difference. 
Cheap and poor under ‘bad’ is insulting to those that are poor and those that are cheap. 

Like and love is 2 totally different things…  Like and admire is ok, they are on the same level, I would say adore and love would be more along the same.. So those shouldn’t be in there.   Treasure I’m indifferent about for ‘like’. I don’t think it should be used for like, more like something between like and love. (well adore should be in the middle of that but I guess ‘treasure’ should be, maybe should be used more for that point where you think you love a person, and want to say it, but are not quite there yet, or maybe it’s just too soon. Oh,And would definitely come after adore!

Haven’t you seen the commercial for the Kind protein bars? Nice and kind are 2 different things. 
in Real…  Original does not fit. 

ONLY   perfectly does not fit, 

I don’t think any of those words for sweet work. Tempting they can be but the words dont work in a sentence instead of saying the sweet donut or something like that. Those words are not a way to describe a sweet or use it alternately usually someone says a ‘tempting sweet’  Frankly Think of saying “I need something sweet, then run through each of the words in the same sentence, what do you think? Do you think someone else would have any idea what you are talking about if you wrote it in a report or book of some sort?

Little, Big, Pretty are all words that describe the levels of size or attractiveness 

Would you all like if I could do a post for’Layered’ words (like for pretty) in order of what ‘rank’ of attractiveness they are for example Cute, Adorable, attractive, Pretty, beautiful, stunning, gorgeous… (oh wait I don’t think glamorous works unless they are glamed up, like they are going to a club or on red carpet)  
Neat is a definite no… that’s so 50s (and sort of their version for cool) and neat describes clean, uncluttered room, and to me that’s the only way it works.



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Posted by on March 7, 2018 in blogging, Coherence, Help, Lists, Writing

 

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Creative inspiration

So with it being back to school time I thought I’d try to spark some creativity if not for now, then to give you some ideas for those reports, class and homework.
One of the blogs I follow asked the question How do we find our creative inspiration when you are stuck
it sort of depends on what I want to do as I have a variety of creative outlets (too many and YES there can be too many.. Mama’s make sure your kids only have 1-2 hobby/interests!)
I write poems but the last few I wrote are not finished, so I re-read through them to see if I my muse will help me out and get it finished. Also I have a list of ideas be it possible titles for poems, a line etc. So I check through those as well to see if any would work or if it will flip that  ‘write new poem’ switch wherever it is on me.
Also I make jewelry the craft kind you buy the bits for at Joann’s Michael’s and Hobby Lobby but sometimes some things come out where I have to look again and can’t believe I made it!  I can’t draw well so I try to trace/draw out what I made in a journal and I look at that. Also when I get an idea for something I try to put a few of the beads etc I have in the color I’ll be doing it, in one of those mini ziplock bags   Like a set of earrings or  as I recently have been trying to do some book thongs. (I am trying to find the right red colored beads to make vampire themed ones; however, likely won’t be all the same design. I make ‘custom /one of a kinds’ for less.
Then I also have been working on a patchwork (not a quilt or anything in particular but started out as a body pillow cover and I decided I wanted to make a ‘never ending’ one. Summer seems to be my sewing season so I’ve been trying to work on that as well as recently been making some change purses for friends and family as their or part of their holiday gifts.. also earrings, yes fabric earrings.  So everytime I go to walmart I always check to see if there are any interesting ‘fat quarters’ as they are called, I just call them ‘swatches’  as I can usually get a piece out of it for my patchwork as well as one or 2 other projects (if not more) out of it.
I have a large bin of fabric and I think i have 2 underbed boxes with more fabric (eeek!) or old t-shirts to cut out for my patchwork so I really would like to get a lot of stuff (at least project set-ups if not sew right away. Might have to make note of that in my bujo I started setting up for next year.
That’s another thing.. Journal I write any ideas in a journal or in a note on my evernote account… Check it out here
as you can see I try to keep a ‘file’ of friends’ and family as to what size or if have pierced ears etc. as well as a listing of  some ideas for lines/series.
For writers I will tell you an idea or 2… READ!!! I’ve been inspired by a few books (like a line or a paragraph may have inspired a poem out of me)
Check out other journals, sewing, and other creative ideas fixes on Pinterest! You can follow @kymoDragon and check out my boards for stuff there! That’s where I get a lot of my Bullet Journaling ideas as I’m just starting on that.
also you can follow my Blogs
Crafter Crums  which I not only include posts of my own projects when they are finished, but also curate ideas I hope to do or just liked and thought you might enjoy as well.
My personal posts are usually either a photo or video of the project and sometimes a step by step (and if I think of it, a way to improve on how I made the original item.)
but also curate others
and my writing  blog  Miss Musings Writing Essentials which has Help in the menu on a variety of things (you can also hoover to see if there are more pages for that section) as well as search the blog posts
 How do YOU spark creativity?  Please tell us your ideas… Oh one other one I do for writing
I list a bunch of song titles or book titles or words something of that sort (or have someone tell me some) and I write a story or poem from it. Its more like a writing exercise but it does help.

 

 

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Copywriting Cheatsheet Infographic: How to Write for Email, Social & The Web

 
 

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How to build a content calendar

I don’t really use a content calendar unless you want to count just making a note of what I am publishing on what day in my daily planner.

Also being as I have more than one blog, I think it might be a bit hard to do that. There’s 2 blogs I try to be sure I post something at least once a week (like this one on Writing Wednesdays, as well as something on my beauty blog. My Craft blog I post when I have finished a project, or when I find something I think my readers will be interested in (or I want to try at some point).

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also don’t forget to checkout my Pintrest boards @KymoDragon  (the link is on my about page)

 
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Posted by on January 4, 2017 in blogging, Exercises, Focus, Writing

 

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Blogging help

Thought these would be helpful, they were in an email from bloglovin and thought they’d help us all!

For my blogs I have one of those arc notebooks from Staples that I hope to keep everything organized. So far for my Entertainment blog, I thought of a signature series at least to test out starting next year. These I call classic cuts, and can be one movie like the Goonies or an entire franchise like Nightmare on Elm Street.

I hope at some point I will think of signature series for my other blogs as well so far this one has been the journaling stuff but I also have the pages for that.I try to get my readers to provide feedback but even though  they are the readers, they do not provide what they want to see or any ideas they would like me to do for any of the blogs (Instead of just reviews for the entertainment one, with the occasional article, or even how often they would pref. posts.

So far in the notebook I list what WordPress ‘themes’ work best for each of the blogs. As well as note the schedule, like This writing one is always definitely at least once a week on (writing) Wednesdays  (or at least I try I may post another day if I missed Wednesday though and have something to post.)  There are certain days I post certain types of posts for instance, My Entertainment blog Tuesdays is for Tv show reviews, Thursdays is for Theater (be it Movie or stage) and unless someone wants to write reviews for me likely I won’t have stage reviews. Thursdays on my beauty blog is usually ‘salon’ day which usually has something to do with hair or nails. For my craft blog I tuesdays is posts on how to upcycle items, Wednsday is Wire (or jewelry day) and Thursday or Friday I post a weekend project. I do my best to keep track of everything but sometimes I get behind and a blog or 2 may get neglected and one reason i thought it would be a good idea to start using something to organize my blogs.

Multi screen Mo t Vision qrcode design
Milti Screen QR CodeI don’t really pay much attention to SEO and all that stuff, this is more a hobby for me and I do try to avoid anything that could get me frustrated (as I get anxiety attacks from that) and honestly I do try my best to grow my blogs in audience but I see it as if my writing and posts are interesting enough, they will be shared and so on and therefore speaks for itself. I do try though with making some business cards off the computer even those QR codes like this one
on the left. Though I would prefer one that has an image to show what the site is all about there’s a free variation on this one http://www.visualead.com  They have some of their own images you can use Free I did one myself

I’ll likely make image ones now that I found a way to do them free, (though if I read right, you only get it up to 500 clicks)  and 3 image codes

I’d say maybe once a year make new QR codes if you are using a free service  (for picture ones) and if you don’t use image ones, always be sure to include the name of what the code is for. (I’ll have to add Entertainment blog underneath that left image on Paint shop pro….

 

How I Organize And Plan Blog Posts by Melyssa Griffin

Behind The Blog: Finding Balance by Sazan

How To Plan Your Blog Content by Wonderfelle

Free Blogging Apps You Gotta Have by Jade + Oak

A Stress-Free Social Media Strategy to Grow Your Brand by Devan Danielle  (Print or bookmark)  I’m printing it out in booklet for and adding it to the notebook

How To Balance Your Day Job And Your Passion Project by a pair + a spare

 
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Posted by on August 17, 2016 in blogging, DIY, Focus

 

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Upgrade your blog & make it popular

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Posted by on July 13, 2016 in blogging, DIY, Writing

 

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7 apps for easier blogging

Out of all of them, so far I just use WordPress and Pintrest and Evernote. I am working on a post about Evernote, is there anything particular you’d like to know?

I use a personal pocket planner for noting when I scheduled a post as well as for which blog. as for Pocket, well maybe it would be best I use that as I have tabs on my browser to look into as well as items bookmarked on my kindle to read through and mail to myself should I decide to write a post around the link (like I am with this one.

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