Writing Can Be Murder

October 12, 2007

A writer sidled up to a page…

Filed under: Uncategorized — jenniferelbaum @ 9:08 am

Every writer has them, those favorite words you don’t even realize you repeat.

Apparently one of my favorites is “sidle”. 

Sidle: to move sideways OR to edge along furtively.

My husband doesn’t like the word sidle. According to him, I sidle at least once in every book I write. 

I know this, because one of his favorite words to use in conversation is “perseverate”.

Perseverate: to repeat something insistently or redundantly

 He actually recently told me, “You’re perseverating about sidling.”



  1. I was a fan of ‘gingerly’ – not only rare that someone does something gingerly in a science fiction adventure story, but it’s an adverb besides!

    Comment by Jennifer Colgan — October 13, 2007 @ 9:14 am

  2. I like the new look of your blog!

    My characters watch a lot.

    Comment by Cyndi — October 14, 2007 @ 5:11 pm

  3. Dear, I could give you a list.
    Look, Looked, Looking

    I don’t think you have enough blog space for me to continue. The one thing I do when I’m done is FIND AND REPLACE. THAT function is my friend.

    Comment by Melissa Blue — October 15, 2007 @ 12:03 pm

  4. Jennifer — I understand the appeal of “gingerly”

    Cyndi — Thanks! Your characters watch a lot because they have so much going on internally

    Melissa — Gotta love FIND/ REPLACE

    For the record: I just used “find” on the two WIPs my dh has been reading and SIDLED appears exactly once in each, so it’s not like I’m peppering every page with the word.

    Comment by jenniferelbaum — October 15, 2007 @ 4:00 pm

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