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October 17th, 2018

Wonderful World of Wednesday

“Naughty John, Naughty John, does his work with his apron on. Cuts your throat and takes your bones, sells 'em off for a coupla stones.”

~ Libba Bray, The Diviners ~

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Word of the Day 10/17/18 Applesauce

Applesauce (noun)
applesauce [ap-uh l-saws]

1. apples stewed to a soft pulp and sometimes sweetened or spiced with cinnamon.
2. Slang. nonsense; bunk.

Related Words for applesauce
hogwash, bunk, hooey, nonsense, rubbish, malarkey, fudge, pulp, poppycock, hokum

See more synonyms on Thesaurus.com

Origin: First recorded in 1730–40; apple + sauce

Now YOU come up with a sentence (or fic? or graphic?) that best illustrates the word.

Daily Count Challenge to . . . Bizarra!

I scored 8,500 words yesterday!!! I was hoping to get in a couple thousand more this morning, but so far it hasn't happened. STILL 8,500 should be enough for any one for a couple days, right?



Any way . . . Next up we have our wonderful, talented bizarra! Go knock those words/arts out of the park, our very own Disney Queen! :)
Original Fic Challenge: Write A Story About Something Very Rare

Original Fic Tip: ‌Show, Don't Tell: Don't Name An Emotion

I dislike hard rules in writing - with a couple of exceptions. One rule, which I try to follow but really struggle with, is to not name emotions. Here are are some tips on how to avoid doing just that, and is another article from the same website I quoted from yesterday.
Never Name an Emotion

This “rule” is total hyperbole. Of course it’s fine, in certain contexts, to say, “everyone was happy” or “a flinch of sadness creased his face.”

But I constantly repeat this little phrase—“never name an emotion“—as my first line of defense against slipping into what is, perhaps, the easiest of all tells.

Emotion can be a difficult thing to describe, much less evoke. We can show characters falling in love, holding hands, laughing, kissing—but can we be sure readers know they’re happy? Or what if they’re going through all these motions, but it’s just on the surface and, really, they’re extremely unhappy? It’s so much easier to just name the emotion.

And this holds true for more than just emotions. You can also add the following slogans to your repertoire:

Never name a sense (e.g., “she felt cold”; “he saw the truck”; “she smelled the coffee”; “it tasted sweet”; “he heard the explosion”).


Never name an action (e.g., “she drove the car”; “he got dressed”).

Obviously, these are extreme guidelines. (In fact, “show, don’t tell” is itself an extreme statement, since there will be moments in every single scene where telling is the best choice. We’d be better off rephrasing the rule to “show before you tell.”)

But because telling is so much easier and, often, so much more natural than showing, it’s good to keep these phrases running through your head. That way, whenever you find yourself typing, “she was happy,” you’ll be more likely to stop and reexamine your choices. When you do, ask yourself the following questions:

1. Is naming the emotion/sense/action really the best choice for this scene?

She was happy.

2. Could you rephrase with a stronger, less obvious verb?

She effervesced.

3. Would you get more mileage out of an action if you dramatized it?

She picked up the train of her gown and twirled around, dancing through the empty garden.

4. Instead of mentioning a sensory experience, could you describe what the character is sensing?

The wet smell of earth, still cool from the night, filled her throat, and she closed her eyes and breathed.

5. Can you imply the character’s emotion through the context—either supportively or ironically?

He smiled at her, and she smiled back.


He smiled at her, and she forced herself to smile back.

Now go forth and write!


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