I was ten years old in the year 1999. I had finally “mastered” the art of typing, and had just enough experience using computers to conduct my own Internet searches. Neopets was brand new and all the rage, so like many preteens in that era I spent a lot of time with the virtual pets … Continue reading Collaborative Storytelling and Your Writing
Using great tools may not automatically make you a great writer, but it’s also hard to write at your best when you’re dissatisfied with your word processor. Maybe the fonts are rendered poorly, or the interface is cluttered with too many distracting options. These are a few of my favorite writing tools for word processing and editing.
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Head Hopping: What not to do.
“It’s spelt grey,” said Bertha, slamming her fist down on the restaurant table. “G-R-E-Y.” How was Barnaby dense enough to believe otherwise?
Barnaby looked into Bertha’s beady, unintelligent eyes and seethed. “No, it’s spelled gray. G-R-A-Y.” He felt ready to up and leave her sitting there at the diner.
Close-Third Person: What you can do.
“It’s spelt grey,” said Bertha, slamming her fist down on the table. “G-R-E-Y.” Barnaby was such an uncultured idiot. Why was she even hanging out with him?
Omniscient: What you can also do.
“It’s spelt grey,” said Bertha. “G-R-E-Y.”
She couldn’t wrap her head around how stupid Barnaby was, and he felt the same.
Standing from the table, Barnaby slammed the cash for his meal onto the table. “That’s it; I can’t stand your pretentious spelling habits another moment. I’m going to the theater alone.” He felt…
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Characters are the lifeblood the story. You can fabricate a setting that lives and breathes, but without characters to thrive in it, you do not have a story. Characters without characterization are all but useless. Don’t get me wrong: they can still carry out all the actions the story requires, bringing it from beginning to … Continue reading Know Your Characters
Using “and I” Incorrectly Example: She invited Sarah and I to her party or She invited I and Sarah to her party. It’s one thing when someone uses “and me” when they should have used “and I,” but for some reason misusing “and I” is on a whole new level of obnoxious. It makes me … Continue reading Grammar Pet Peeves
If English is your native language, you need to get these right.
Pinterest, Instagram, and Twitter are great resources for bloggers. These sites already have massive communities you can reach out to, learn from, and interact with --you only have to make sure your content reaches the right audience. Most people who have used these sites before know that tagging is the means by which content reaches … Continue reading Best Tagging Practices to Promote Your Blog
I wrote this post a short while back about how I like to revise my writing, which is accurate but unhelpful. This time around I have actual advice. Step One: Break Down the Workload Give yourself about 1,000 words to revise per "session." It may sound unproductive, but trust me on this one: the fewer words you edit … Continue reading 4 Steps for Quick & Easy Revision
You've probably heard of the hygge craze. But, just in case you haven't, hygge (hue-gah) is a Danish word with no exact translation in English, but basically means cozy. It refers to a sort of aesthetic, and can be complex. The Danish have it down to a seemingly innate science. Hygge is warm (and often … Continue reading Hygge and Your Writing
When someone asks you to take a look at their writing, they're asking you to help them improve it. Well, most of the time. There are plenty of writers out there who haven't developed beyond just needing to hear someone say, "Looks good to me." But if someone is serious about writing better, you're not … Continue reading How to Write a Useful Critique