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Articles / On Writing
28 Jan 2015

Where the Error Is: Antecedents

Where the Error Is: Antecedents Antecedents. Yes, I just heard a collective head-scratching mutter of: ante-what?   an·te·ced·ent  noun ˌan-tə-ˈsē-dənt a substantive word, phrase, or clause referred to by a pronoun, typically by a following pronoun1 Still confused? There’s no need to be. It’s fairly straightforward. But do know you will not be able to use “their” and various other pronouns properly without having an...

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Articles / On Writing
26 Jan 2015

Using Everyday Life to Improve Your Story

Using Everyday Life to Improve Your Story If you’ve read any of my writing articles, you know I’m a huge proponent of writing what you know. Often authors try to write about topics, settings, or situations of which they have little or no working knowledge, and this can become shockingly clear within the first few pages. One of the ways to write what you know...

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Articles / Commonly Confused
21 Jan 2015

Commonly Confused: Wrack and Rack

Commonly Confused: Wrack and Rack In our series on commonly confused terms, we’ve come across some very common terms, but this article focuses on a pair of terms that, while commonly confused, aren’t quite a part of everyday speech. The verbs wrack and rack are both transitive verbs, which means they take a direct object. Both words have noun forms, but here I’m just focusing...

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Articles / On Writing
19 Jan 2015

Handy Tricks for Using Word for Authors

Handy Tricks for Using Word for Authors How many times have you, as authors, heard that you should know the tools of your trade? More than a few times, I’d wager. Well, this article is here to help authors learn some of the basics to using Microsoft Word in relation to writing, editing, and standard manuscript format. First things first. What is standard manuscript format?...

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Articles / Commonly Confused
14 Jan 2015

Commonly Confused: Comparatives and Superlatives

Commonly Confused: Comparatives and Superlatives If you’ve ever been tripped up by when to add –er or –est to a word, can’t remember which one of those pesky irregular adverbs or adjectives is correct or if you should use more or most, have I got the article for you. It seems as though there’s been an increase is this particular arena in advertising, not to mention...

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Articles / On Writing
12 Jan 2015

Fracking Blurbs!

Fracking Blurbs! Recently, I helped an author come up with ideas on how to write her blurb for her book. If you’re not familiar with what a blurb is, it’s basically a short synopsis used for promotional purposes like Goodreads, Amazon, book jackets, etc. But many authors hate writing them. It’s akin to scrubbing the dirtiest toilet in hell after Hades just had chili. The...

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Articles / On Writing
05 Jan 2015

Serve me up a Side of Description; Hold the Chunks

Give me a Side of Description; Hold the Chunks It’s tempting to over-describe, isn’t it? It’s a must to give your readers insight into your characters’ pasts and relationships with one another, the setting of your story, and to set up coming events. Isn’t it just easier to do it all in one big chunk? After all, that room your characters are standing in isn’t...

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Articles / Commonly Confused
17 Dec 2014

Commonly Confused: There, Their, and They’re

Commonly Confused: There, Their, and They’re   There are certain homophone errors that are quite common. The subject of today’s post is one of worst offenders. Issues with these three words are in virtually every manuscript I edit. So here’s a quick guide to help you keep them straight. The overview of antecedents is just a bonus. 🙂 So let’s get to it!   There...

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Stop The Comparisons And Write
Articles / On Writing
15 Dec 2014

Stop The Comparisons And Write

Stop the comparisons, stop trying to be the next big thing, and just write your book. Every day—several times a day, in fact—I see “What to read after ____” or “If you liked ___, you’ll love__,” and I must admit, I just shake my head. I get it—everyone wants to promote their book, wants it to be the next big thing, but my knee-jerk reaction...

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Articles / Commonly Confused
10 Dec 2014

Commonly Confused: Lie versus Lay

Commonly Confused: Lie versus Lay You know that one grammar mistake that will stop you in your tracks and send your hackles up, no matter what, no matter where, no matter how often you read it? Yeah. For me, that’s anytime I see a misuse of the commonly confused pair lie versus lay. Why are these two confused so often? I think it’s for two reasons, actually. But first,...

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