The Word NICE


How NICE this Hilton Head sunset was in late Spring

The word nice is such a pleasant word isn’t it. We use it all the time. “Have a nice day.” “Nice to meet you.” “She is such a nice person.”  I often spend time editing when I need time out from working on new scenes. I was startled when my computer pointed out how many times I was using the word NICE in my manuscript that has reached 55,000 words this summer. Thank goodness for my thesaurus that suggested words like appealing, pleasing, attractive, agreeable, pleasant, satisfactory, desirable, enjoyable.

While I’m at it I will admit to over using the word actually, which has now been edited, and I found I started more than one sentence with the word But. Things like this amuse me, laughing at myself, therapeutic.

Before I get back to my thesaurus, I want to tell you how NICE you are to read my blog, and if you are a writer, to share some laughter about how NICE it is we share this blogging world.

About Stepheny Forgue Houghtlin

Stepheny Forgue Houghtlin grew up in Evanston, IL. and is a graduate of the University of Kentucky. She is an author of two novels: The Greening of a Heart and Facing East. She lives, writes and gardens in NC. Visit her:
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7 Responses to The Word NICE

  1. Margaret Stillman says:

    Love it! You are growing!!! Loving you in all your ways, meg

    Sent from my iPhone


  2. johnvic8 says:

    That is so nice. BUT, sometimes I think it just sounds right to start a sentence with ‘but.’

  3. pbmgarden says:

    Don’t you just love words? They can be precise or broad.

  4. suzjones says:

    Ha ha. I have a habit of starting sentences with And. lol

  5. And how nice is your post! And the author as well!

  6. John Holton says:

    I start a lot of sentences with conjunctions, and my go-to word is “great.”

  7. I had a training video which was made of me, to show to students. In the main i was pretty pleased with it, i was doing a lot of things well, BUT I cringe at the number of times, when eliciting information from a client. or feeding back what they said, I start my sentences with SO…….

    I cringe each time i watch it more and more, counting up the numbers of SO…………..SO……….SO
    I rack up in a 20 minute interview session

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