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The effort of writing: Editor's Notes #225
December 15, 2016
Hello,

When something can be read without effort,
great effort has gone into its writing.

--Enrique Jardiel Poncela


In this issue:

1. The effort of writing
2. Tickled my funnybone
3. Interesting Web site
4. Writing prompt

1. The effort of writing
Usually my writing is lean and to the point. Bear with me as I step off that path in this issue.

My reflections on the effort of writing led me to thesaurus entries about effort. Instead of giving you a distilled version where I serve you a completed dish, I decided instead to give you the raw ingredients to make of them what you will.

My suggestion is that you read the words slowly, perhaps more than once.You may even choose to come back to the list throughout the week. Let the power of the words challenge and inspire you.

deed
exploit
adventure
practice
working
activity
trial
take a stab at it
trial and error
stive
struggle
strain
determination
resolution
energy
pains
muscle
nerve
sinew
a long pull
action
maneuver
tactic
last resort
working proposition
plan
task
attempt
engagement
obligation
commitment

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2.Tickled my funnybone
Santa's helpers are subordinate clauses.

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3. Interesting Web site
I used a hard cover book, but you can use an online thesaurus as well.
http://www.thesaurus.com/

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4. Writing prompt
Choose your own theme word. Use a thesaurus to find a list of related words. I strongly recommend writing the words out by hand because at the least, it slows down the process and forces at least a little reflection on each word as you write it.

When your list is complete, reread it as many times as seems good to you.

Write a reflection about the exercise.

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