Today’s post was brought to you by the letter E, the number 5 (as in o’clock) and the sheer desperation of someone who is already freaking over this blog challenge and she’s only on the fifth letter of the alphabet!
I made a list of e’s and put the alphabet after each one. Then I thought up a word for each letter pairing and put my definition. Enjoy!
Easter – a holiday on which you may choose not to write (or you can use writing as an excuse to escape your screaming family).
Ebert – Roger, a film critic who will let you know if the movie version of your novel stank.
Echoes – what you hear in your head when you have writer’s block.
Editing – what you have to do before an editor does it. See also Editors – people who will make you rip your hair out but will ultimately make your writing better.
Eek – what you say when you realize you just emailed a query without your phone number in your signature line.
Efficacy – your effectiveness, your sense of how capable you are. Build it by eliminating the negative thoughts in your noggin!
Egregious – as in behavior: what some writers engage in when they become famous.
Eh! – an interjection you should utter when a rejection arrives, before you send the piece right back out again.
Eidetic – a photographic memory. Writers should cultivate great powers of observation and remember what they see and hear, for use in their work.
Eject – the button you press to make the DVD come out. You know, the one you’ve been watching instead of working?
EKG – electrocardiogram, which the doctor will use on you when you get that call saying “Your book just sold for a ton of money!”
Elves – fantasy creatures of great power and beauty; Tolkien set the bar for elves and no one since has topped him.
Email – a great way to save on postage.
End – what happens when you’re done telling the story.
Eon – how long it takes for submissions to receive a reply.
Epilator – something you use to remove the beard you grew waiting for an agent to get back to you on a query.
Equine – pertaining to horses, who are very calming beasts. Pet one when you are feeling stressed.
Error – a mistake in your manuscript that you won’t see until you’ve already sent it out.
Escape – what writing is for some people.
Ether – an anesthetic, to be used when trying to work on your financial information.
Euphemisms – what we say when we don’t want to say what we want to say.
Everyone – will tell you you’re not a writer but a hobbyist. Don’t listen to them.
Eww – what you say when you spill coffee on your pages.
Extras – little things you can put in your story to make it more fun: hidden references, unique details and sparkling descriptions.
Eyesore – the word your spouse/significant other/family will call your messy desk and overflowing shelves of reference books.
EZ – what writing definitely is not.