Tips on Becoming a Better Writer – Day 2

The first day of NANOWRIMO started very well. I was able to put in 1947 words yesterday on my quest for my next novel. It will be the third book on my trilogy “Journey to Freedom”. I will not reveal the title of the book yet since I am using a tentative title until I find a suitable one as the story unfolds. The first book on the series is called “The Iron Butterfly” published this year, in May 2015. The second on the series, “BAHALA NA (Come What May)” was published in 2013. Yes it was done backwards. When “BAHALA NA (Come What May)” was published, I had no intention of doing a series but my grandchildren wanted a prequel to the book to know the life of Regina, Adelaide’s mother who brought up nine children on her own when her husband died so I decided to do a prequel which was my NANOWRIMO project in November 2013. It took a year and a half to do the edits and rewrites. Both books on the series are available at

Today is the second day of NANOWRIMO and I’m pounding away at my keyboards.

For today’s tip on becoming a better writer which is as good and inspirational as the daily tips for a happy, healthy and successful life, I come up with a simple one related to the first tip. This tip can also be a tip for a successful life.

  1. Second to a good dictionary, you should get a thesaurus. Nothing beats the Roget’s Thesaurus. I have “The New Roget’s Thesaurus in Dictionary Form”. It is easy to use since it is in alphabetical order. You may not think you don’t need these two reference books (dictionary and thesaurus) but in my case I find these two books in my library as valuable tools in my writing career.

Here is another one of books that I enjoyed and recommend.

New York by Rutherfurd

“New York” by Edward Rutherfurd is another favorite book of mine. I lived in New York for 43 ½ years and I enjoyed reading “New York” and learning a lot about my favorite city. Another lengthy book, I may add.


About SCLMRose

Having retired from the business world, Rosalinda is now pursuing her great love of books by catching up on her reading which she had no time before. She also writes historical novels and rose gardening articles and is the editor of the award-winning newsletter, The Charleston Rose. All her books (The Wentworth Legacy, The Iron Butterfly, and BAHALA NA (Come What May) are available at On her spare time, she enjoys gardening and volunteering in her neighborhood.
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