Are you searching for the right words?

A big thanks to Sheila for letting me jump into her Cow Pasture and share in her absence. 

coffeeEach morning with a strong cup of coffee, I open my gmail. As I wade through the good, bad and crazy stuff in my inbox, one email never fails to generate a smile.

Word of the day from

I read the word aloud, before reading the definition. My husband and I have a bit of fun guessing the meaning. He almost always gets it right.

Why am I telling you about this silly little morning ritual?

Not because I’m becoming a great wordsmith. No, most days I’ve forgotten the new word before my second cup of coffee. However, it reminds me to not limit my writing to the same old tired adjectives.

I’m quite sure I’ll never or at least rarely use any of the obscure words selected by Come on, I doubt I’ll ever use soliloquize in a sentence. Although I often go around the house talking to myself. 

But, I hope reading these types of little prompts will act as a reminder to search for more creative ways to express myself. To step away from the mundane and ordinary, reaching for the unusual.

What about you, do you find yourself reaching, searching for a better word?

How do you find just the right word?

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Keep reading more great posts on how to be creative!

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How to develop a tribe of your own.

Welcome to the Cow Pasture, Guest Contributor Jean M. Cogdell –

Call it whatever you like, a tribe, crew, gang, group, band, or family.

It doesn’t matter because we all want that feeling of belonging, of contributing. A place where everyone knows our name.

And everyone needs a little help now and then. Even writers and bloggers. That’s where our tribe comes to the rescue.

Everyone needs input, feedback, encouragement, critiques and friends. Yes, we can develop friends via the internet.

These wonderful readers and other bloggers keep us between the lines. Because no writer wants their story to end up in a ditch.

So where and how do we find our special tribe? Those special people we can count on to tell us what we need to hear?

  • By reaching out one blog at a time and give to others what you desire.
  • Like and comment on other blogs.
  • Review another writer’s book.
  • Take a couple of seconds and share. Tweet, Facebook, Pinterest, Stumbleupon, etc.
  • If you need something, don’t be too shy to ask. Your readers can’t read your mind.
  • Reblog, repost a blog you enjoyed. Chances are other people will enjoy it too.

Have you found a tribe to help you become a better blogger/writer?

Do you think a tribe helps?

Need more tips? Keep reading.

The Importance of Your Blogging Tribe and How To Build One by 


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