Filter Words and Crutch Words – plus, how to get rid of them

A great article on things that many of us do wrong with our writing, and some very good advice on how to easily fix the mistakes. I look forward to/dread finding out how often I’ve made these mistakes in my current book.

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Filter words and crutch words are a more recent discovery of mine with writing. Learning what they are, why they’re bad, and how to get rid of them has really changed my style for the better.

Distancing words are things like: felt, heard, saw, touched, looked, etc. They put a barrier between the reader and the book, rather than immersing them right into the action or description.

For example this sentence: She looked up to see dark clouds in the sky and heard the distant rumble of thunder. She felt a chill run down her spine.

Can become: Dark clouds rolled across the sky and thunder rumbled in the distance. A chill ran down her spine.

Fewer words and more powerful and immersive, right?

Crutch words are slightly different. They are words we use too often, and pause a sentence unnecessarily. They are fine for speech, but…

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“Mirror, Mirror” Giveaway!

My friend and fabulous beta reader Jessica Jesinghaus is running a giveaway for her book Mirror Mirror, I’ve read it and it’s very enjoyable with plenty of twists and turns that keep you guessing.

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Feeling lucky? Take a shot at winning one of two paperback copies of Mirror, Mirror. This Goodreads Giveaway is valid for US residents (sorry my international peeps, I’ll catch you next time) and open to entries until May 24th.

You can enter the giveaway HERE. Read the blurb below and then screw up your courage… I dare you to look!


Nearly twenty years ago a teenage girl was murdered…

Samantha Carlson was just a young girl when her cousin, Emily, was brutally raped and killed in her own home. As a child, Sam’s family did their best to shelter her from the gruesome details. Now, working the crime beat for the Portland Tribune, Sam has the resources at her fingertips to investigate the case for herself.

Through the eyes of a killer…

After inheriting a family heirloom, an antique vanity table that once belonged to her murdered cousin…

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Friday Book Round-Up Recommends 12 #mystery and #thriller #books! #FridayReads #amreading

Written In Blood has been mentioned in such fabulous company, Agatha Christie, James Patterson, and JD Robb, not to mention other great names in the mystery/thriller genres, I may just swoon.
Thank you so much, Mrs N, I am deeply honoured to be included in this list.
I would never dream of aspiring to the heights of Agatha Christie (but I would fantasize about it) but a comparison to James Patterson is something I hoped for.

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Friday Book Round Up

Welcome to this week’s edition of Friday Book Round-Up. This week is Mystery and Thriller week on Goodreads. I’ve been having such fun reading what other readers love as well as commenting. So, I thought I’d list some of my favorites as well as some I have on my To Be Read list. So, without further ado, here they are:

One Perfect Lie by Lisa Scottoline (Author)

“Scottoline keeps the pace relentless as she drops a looming threat into the heart of an idyllic suburban community, causing readers to hold their breath in anticipation.” –Booklist

“Readers can be assured that the author nails the high school milieu, from athletic rivalries to sexting…they’re in for one thrilling ride.” –Kirkus Reviews

“Entertaining…This fast-paced read culminates in a daring chase that would play well on the big screen.” –Publishers Weekly

On paper, Chris Brennan looks perfect. He’s applying for a job…

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