Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Award + Favorite Writer Words

A new bloggy award has been bestowed upon me by Elizabeth Varadan--it's for those who make regular/great blog comments. Thank you, Elizabeth! And as per the "rules," I will pass this on to 20 blogbuddies who are kind enough to comment on my blog:

THANK YOU, all! Click to visit them--they are great bloggers to know. I dearly appreciate the rest of ya'll, too, but I had to stop once I reached 20. :)

When I write, I seem to have favorite words. Have you ever noticed this with your writing? I think these words resonate with me or something--they keep cropping up! Interestingly, most are verbs. (These are different from the "pet" words I overuse like just, only, but, still, etc.)

Here are the faves I've noticed in my novels:


1. careen
2. ricochet
3. yelp
4. bellow
5. skid
6. chuckle
7. kaleidoscope
8. thrash
9. duck
10. slide
11. thunk
12. warp

1. powdery
2. velvety
3. pathetic
4. barrage
5. eerie
6. breath
7. darkness
8. raucous
9. freaky
10. rhythm
11. stench
12. grainy

My "word cloud" is courtesy of that site out! It's fun, and also informative to plug in your manuscript. The most-oft used words come out bigger, so you can see if you've overused certain words, and see if your words are nicely balanced.

Do YOU have favorite words that you love to include in your writing?
Have you noticed certain words or phrases that published authors repeat in their books?
Have you ever used Wordle to make a word cloud from your manuscripts?


  1. I have many fave words - most used far too much, even though I try 'desperately' (oops - there you go - catch it and kill it quick!) hard not to overuse them... Sigh...
    Happy blogging in 2012, Carol!

  2. I did this word bubble a couple of years ago on one chapter and other than my character's name, "back" was the word used most often. Interesting, huh? I spent the next week clearing out "back" from my manuscript.

  3. Thanks for the award!

    You've got some great words on your "fave" list. In my wip shadows often swirl and light always seems to pool somewhere. I'm a fan of the word slice, too. I keep my eye out for these words now so as not to overuse them.

    I've not plugged my MS into wordle. That's a great idea. I'll have to try that tonight and see what other words pop up. I bet I'm in for a surprise.

  4. Thanks so much for the mention and the link. What a great way to keep up with overused words.

    Some of mine are:
    whispered (apparently my characters never feel they can talk aloud!)

  5. Congrats on the award, and thank you including me on the list of people that you are passing it on to! How sweet!

    I use "whispered" a lot too.

    I've never used Wordle...may have to try it.

  6. Thanks for including me on your list.

    Lately I've been using slide a lot, but what I find is that as soon as I get rid of one word another one pops up.

  7. Oh I love those word clouds! You know, I've never really thought of any words that I try to fit into every MS or that I really enjoy using, but there definitely are some that I avoid LOL! Good post Carol:)

  8. Thanks so much for the blog award, Carol!

    You use some nice active verbs. I know I overuse definitely, totally, and so in online writing. In my proper writing, I lean too much on stomachs and hearts to show character emotion, so they turn up a lot. In my WIP my MC tends to throw herself around corners and into rooms, and there's been a lot of dragging and tugging people around. Man, I make them all sound so violent!

  9. Congratulations, Carol! Your friendly & professional posts are definitely worthy of all the awards you've received - including your latest! My favorite word is extraordinary. ^_^

  10. Thanks for the blog award! You make it easy to comment on your blog with such wonderful posts. On that note--thank you for the Wordle link. I can't wait to try it. I've heard great things about Wordle.

  11. Hello congratulations on your award.... And thank you so much for including me.
    I tend to make up words... Perhaps I should write a dictiionary.
    I love writing words that make me giggle... Like canoodle, pash.
    My pet words thT I could possibly write a little less.... Was very only

  12. congrats on your award and thanks for passing it on :)

    Careen is such a cool word imo.
    I use a lot of scuttling and scrambling in my current WIP

  13. Heaven help me, I use the word 'clench' way too often.

    Congrats on your award. None better!

  14. Congratulations on the award! Thank you so much for passing it on to me. :)

    I once read a book where the author used the word "awesome" many times--sometimes using it a few times per page. The first couple uses didn't bug me, but after a while it got on my nerves.

    I've never used Wordle before; I've heard of it, but never tried it with a manuscript.

  15. I feel as though I just got to know you better by reading your over used word list. :) I know I've got them, but I can't think of them off the top of my head.

    Congratulations on the award; wishing you all the best for 2012!

  16. Thank you for including me in that fantastic list, as well as sharing your favorite words. The word, yelp made me giggle. I don't know why, just made me smile and giggle.


    Now that will be my word for the day.

  17. Um, yes. I use the word "thick" a lot in my descriptions. Got to thin that down, LOL.

    Thank you so much for the award! You are awesome!

  18. I love eerie, too.

    I just Wordled one of my manuscripts and I use "wonder," "chocolate," and "pretty" a lot.

    Thank you so much for the award. I already placed it on my awards page. :)

  19. Squee! An award! Thank you :-)
    Oh gosh, I repeat so many words... my characters are always smiling and nodding and shrugging and, for some reason, standing in doorways...

  20. Awwwww, thanks for mentioning me in your post. I really do enjoy reading everyone's blogs and commenting.

    Favorite words that I try to avoid: that, like, lovely. Words I use to often in life: that, like, lovely. I'm sure there are more. I'm going to pop over and check out the word link. :)

  21. You have strong words both verbs and adjectives. I'm still growing mine-- I think it comes with writing and reading.

  22. Hi, Carol, nice post. I love your lists of favorite words. I'm not sure if I use favorite words often. I'm usually so engrossed in trying to figure out HOW to say something and not repeat myself, that I haven't really noticed a pattern of favorites. Thanks for the site about word clouds. I bookmarked that.

  23. I love wordle! Unfortunately, my most used words tend to be "that" and "just".

    Oddly enough, I just wrote a similar blog entry. I swear I'm not copying you!

  24. I love the feeling when I've got an MS at a place where I can seek and destroy the "pet" words.
    Your list is a great conglomeration of "not very typical" words, btw. My characters do a lot of whispering (it's difficult to find a synonym that's not melodramatic), there's also frequent frowning, and a bevy of buzzing.

  25. That site sounds great - I'll check it out!


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