So I am editing this morning and I come across this little part of bad writing in my draft. After three blocks Apricot’s heart won’t take her any further. She stops grabbing her knees with both hands catching her breath. She looks up to see down the road the lights flickering back to life. She looks ahead of her to see the rest of the … Continue reading What to do with repeated pronouns?
Write what you know, we have all heard it many times before. Write what you know. What does writing what you know really mean? I have met a lot of younger writers who have heard this in school or from a more senior writer or some random Internet bloke posing as a writer. It is a piece of advice that is given out just like … Continue reading Write What You Know
Exercise is important even as a writer. Having a job where you spend most of the time sitting in front of a computer means you have a fairly sedentary life. It is very important to keep moving. Not a lot of people know this but there are health risks to sitting. In fact, according to the Mayo Clinic, there is a 125% increased risk of having a heart event. Not to mention you will gain weight like crazy. So it is important to get moving. Not only is it important for your health but it can be important for your eye sight and thought process. Continue reading Writer’s! Don’t Forget To Exercise!
Words are the most basic element of writing and speech. The rules that govern the structuring of word groups is called Syntax. In this section we will discuss the basics of syntax in the English grammar. The first thing to know is how to assemble a word group. When putting words together there are two sets of words required, predicates and subjects. A predicate is … Continue reading The Basic Word Groups
Punctuation marks are the little symbols you see scattered among sentences. While most of us are familiar with them it helps to learn their proper uses and names. . Period: The period is considered a full stop. It is the ending of a sentence. It can also be used to note an abbreviation of a word has occurred. ? Question Mark: A question mark is … Continue reading The Basics Of Punctuation
Words are the most basic element of writing or speech. Not all words are the same and learning to use them in a sentence properly is the key to writing solid stories. Word classes are the general categories words fit into and each one has specific rules as to how they are identified and used. Today we will be looking at the basic word classes … Continue reading The Basics of Words
Since I talked about the building of narrative style by appreciating other forms of art I felt like I should talk about a superior art, music. All art aspires to convey emotion as purely as music does. There are very few things in life that feel like magic and I think I can speak for everyone when I say music is one of those beautiful … Continue reading Art Of Inspiration; Music
Understanding the difference between technical writing, casual writing, and prose. Each of these has their purposes. School tends to teach students technical writing and casual writing. They don’t teach an appreciation of words. They do not teach how to write a narrative. This right here is not a narrative and is in no ways a talented casual writing piece. Continue reading Grammar Shmammer
Depending on how you present these topics to your reader you will develop a narrative style. It is important to use a narrative style that fits with the genre of writing you are writing. Continue reading Tool To Developing Narrative Style
If you are having trouble with show don’t tell just act it out. A tell will quickly become clear. In time it will just become second nature to you when you are writing your first draft. Even I still have trouble with show don’t tell at times and I think most authors do. I have heard authors with four books still having issues with “Show Don’t Tell” on their first drafts. So chin up if you need this little tool, I think most of us could use it. Continue reading Show Don’t Tell Made Easy