The trick is to not use them in their stereotypical way. Ex: "A hard knot clutched at her throat as the little orphan mewed closer, a dirty hand outstretched."

Words Commonly Used to Describe Sounds

Different ways to say the word "said"

CLASSROOM: Handout or mini-poster on colorful words writers can use instead of "said." Students can put the b&w version in their writing notebooks for reference.

Has your class had the funeral for said, went, big, and small yet?  This is a great list of better synonyms for those words.

Over 180 Synonyms for Big, Small, Said, and Went

Has your class had the funeral for said, went, big, and small yet? This is a great list of better synonyms for those words.

The Writers Circle

The KISS Principle, Keep It Stupid and Simple: Writing in Plain Language - How to remove meaningless phrases - Writers Write

Stages of Grief...there's more than five.

Cut-out and keep: understanding emotion to develop character arcs - stages of grief<<< I'm a writer, I swear.

Use to understand the tone for any article or scene - or to capture exactly what tone it is you're looking for as you write.

TONE

Use this page to help you understand the "tone" for any article or story that we read in class. If you understand the author's tone, you will most likely understand the main idea (informational or .

Make sure to look up their definitions and found out how they are used in context.

Helpful tips and tools for writing, inspiration and motivation. All items posted are made by me or. < amazing synonyms and

Senses to use in your writing -- something I want to work on!

reflectionofthemind: “ Warning: You may encounter some opinions. Writing Myth: You have to start your story off in the middle of the action, or “In medias res”. It is said (as I have heard fro

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