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May 29, 2013


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Pat morin

Great post, Terry. I place *** where I need more description and find I'm getting into the "to be" trap (usually brought on by quickness of thought and dancing fingers on the keyboard). This post is a great demonstration on how to stay on top of one's writing and not succumb to those boring, non-descriptive words.


Hey Pat... I do "placeholders" as well! :-) I find that if I can't get the description first time around, I can catch it and spend time on the re-draft.

Terry Shames

Sounds like placeholders are a good idea--but half the time I don't have sense enough to know I'm using "shorthand" words.


Flannery O'Connor is one of my faves for just the right word, always muscular, never lazy:

"Francis Marion Tarwater's uncle had been dead for only half a day when the boy got too drunk to finish digging his grave..."

Terry Shames

Oh, well, Flannery O'Connor. We're talking a whole other level. Or how about Eudora Welty. Takes my breath away--and I don't mean that as a cliche!

Pat morin

It would be interesting to read, Terry, what type of placeholders writers use.
Wow Mysti, what a sentence! love it.

Susan Shea

But I LOVE "stuff!" You're right, you're right. Now I'm going back to do a word search...

Terry Shames

Another blog topic: The right stuff, the wrong stuff.


I'm a fan of Flannery O'Connor too! Haven't read her in ages, though. I'll have to make trip to the library and do a little reading.
And Susan: I love "stuff" too! In fact, I make a case for "stuff" and "things" this coming Saturday, so stay tuned... :-)

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