So, you thought you were done with the last post? You're not. There is one more. This person is slowly becoming more popular, but there are still a lot of readers and editors and publishers and betas and such and such that don't like it. Do you know what omniscient means? Well, since I'm into … Continue reading Grammar Wednesday: POV–3rd Person Omniscient
Third person is my favorite person to write in. I have to say, I absolutely love and adore it. Recently people have said they don't like third person because they are distanced from the character and can't get into their mind. Also, people say that it creates confusion as to what is really going on … Continue reading Grammar Wednesday: POV–3rd person
This is the type of person or POV that you will find the least of. It's also, in my opinion, the hardest to write and the hardest to pull off when writing. People slip into second person when talking all the time and even when writing. It's like, you know, you do it all the … Continue reading Grammar Wednesday: POV–2nd Person
I've been seeing a lot of posts on facebook, twitter, goodreads and more about editing and the editing process. I'm not one to miss the bandwagon. Editing is extremely important when it comes to finalizing ANYTHING, even emails to the boss. There can be some pretty blaring typos (I've made them and will continue to … Continue reading The wondrous world of editing
I've decide the next group of grammar goodness will be about persons in writing. There are typically 3 persons, 1st, 2nd, and 3rd! Go figure, the numbers go up. First person, at least from what I have seen, is becoming far more common--that might just be because I'm seeing it more, not that it actually … Continue reading Grammar Wednesday: POV–1st person
Each month I have a writers group meeting in Arlington, TX where we discuss what our monthly goals are. I think I might be a little overambitious this month, but I need to get it done. This group hasn't met since March, so it was great to finally get together again, with someone new AND … Continue reading Goals for June
I can't tell you how nervous I still get when emailing my publisher (or the fact that half the time I'm still in wonder about having a publisher!). I'm not kidding. My first book, FOREVER BURN, has been out since March 1, coming up on three months now, and it seems to be doing fairly … Continue reading Dying Embers: Take Two
This is a common mistake that I find with my copy-editing, and it has to do with tenses, which I will eventually tackle on this blog. Drank v. Drunk Sank v. Sunk These are two that are commonly misused when speaking and even more commonly misused when writing. 1--He drank the tea. 2--He had drunk … Continue reading Grammar Wednesday: the “U” and the “A”
Hello everyone! I know some of you were sad that I missed last week's Grammar Wednesday, but I didn't miss it. I was in Guatemala--no interwebs for a whole week! I started to go into withdrawal. Here's your Grammar Wednesday! It's about active phrasing and passive phrasing. I apparently used to write passive phrasing, and … Continue reading Grammar Wednesday: ACTIVE PHRASING
Today I am working on editing. And not my own stuff. I finished up a Twilight fanfic (yes, I beta it...no I do not write it, nor have I read the books or the movies, so sometimes beta'ing can be quite interesting). I beta for a website called Project Team Beta, which takes on a … Continue reading Beta-reading
So...since it is finals week for me, and I am still working like mad on this queer migration paper. This is your grammar rules of the week! There's 38, so catch up! 38 Common Spelling and Grammar Errors - mental_floss on YouTube (Ep.9) - YouTube.
My time for writing originals is certainly not over, but I have been working on fanfiction, toying with the plots (which involve mostly sex) and characters. I know that there are quite a few people who do not agree with fanfic, who think it's a complete violation of the rights of the owners/creators of the … Continue reading Fanfic mistakes and pleasures
I was writing, and I had a question. This is how I typically come up with finding grammatical rules to remember for the rest of my writing career. In my newest novel FOR BY GRACE, there is a character, Peter, who has a bad habit of quoting scripture when he's drunk. So, as a college … Continue reading Grammar Wednesday: Quoting a quote
I am paving the way toward professionalism in this little world called writing. Yesterday, I was awarded (it's a bidding thing) the job of copy-editing someone's novel. And they're actually going to pay me for it! I've been copy-editing and beta reading for people for the last few years, all for free. This is a … Continue reading Paving the way…
I thought I would make a post on how to find comma splices. They're not exactly the easiest thing in the world to discover. What I've noticed, in my own writing, is that I tend to have them in dialogue. This is because we don't speak like we should be a writin'. If you get … Continue reading Grammar Wednesday: COMMA SPLICE–finding them!
I feel as though I need to jump on the bandwagon with this one. While yes, I mostly write lesbian fiction for publishing, I do write quite a bit of het fanfiction (actually, the majority of it). Now...I've been bad. The high majority of the time, my male characters do not wear a condom. Now, … Continue reading Condoms! Condoms! Condoms!
I realize that this post is going to be short, as it should be pretty self-explanatory. However, next week I will be concluding the comma splice regime with how to find comma splices. My cohort Amy is a comma splice nazi, particularly in my own work. Check out her blog, she's awesome sauce! Rearrange the … Continue reading Grammar Wednesday: COMMA SPLICE–rearranging
I have not worked on FOR BY GRACE since last Monday. Oh. My. God! It's insane! I had one whirlwind of a week between class assignments and extra events. My friend had an art show in Friday night, then two of my friends got married on Saturday (to each other, not two different weddings), then … Continue reading Getting back into it
Use an Em dash An Em dash will strongly connect the two independent clauses. Em dashes to resolve comma splices are most commonly found in dialogue, where semi-colons and colons are avoided. This is for flow of voice of the character and for flow of reading. 3. “I didn’t know you could do that, you … Continue reading Grammar Wednesday: COMMA SPLICE–Em dash
I spent the morning buried in my edits, trying to block out that real life was about to come crashing down on me. I had a job interview. Slaving away in a world of characters where there are no job interviews, I gladly ignored my impending interview. That was until I had to get dressed. … Continue reading Life of a writer…