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 can see it. Almost taste the joy of crossing that line and being done with the first major round of editing on this novel. There's another finish line that I want to write about today, too. Sarah Hart is publishing her first novella called "The Coin." It's an uplifting and in-depth story. Everything for … Continue reading Finish Line
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
As most of you, or at least some of you, might know, I dapple in the world of ministry. I recently (meaning only a short few hours ago) had to give a sermon on a text from the gospel of John (4:5-42, if you were curious). Now, I obviously love and enjoy writing and the … Continue reading Writing for speech
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
Reading a story on Roger Ebert. Check out this quote: "Just write, get better, keep writing, keep getting better. It's the only thing you can control." He passed away today at 70.
“It is. I’m holed up in the security office if you ever want to stop by.” “My section is on the other side of the mall. You know, that part by Santa. Why do parents have to go all insane? Why can’t everyone just stay calm and have a good time anymore? It’s all about … Continue reading For by Grace TIDBITS!
In my current novel, from the first few chapters, it should be pretty obvious that this is NOT a romance novel. I work with a website called Project Team Beta to find my beta readers and editors. This is the third novel that I have pushed through their site and it might possibly be the … Continue reading To continue on romance…
I have let it slip a few times what the actual title of this novel is, but this is the actual 100% totally awesome reveal! Are you ready? Are you really, really ready? All right...The title is............. For by Grace =P This novel follows the life of Deputy Grace Halling and her day to day … Continue reading Super Secret Project (that’s not so secret) Title REVEAL!
Our new grammatical issue to look at, for the next five weeks or so, is the comma splice. Are you ready? This one has been the bane of my existence since my early college years. My prof would go through and take red marker to ALL my comma splices, and let me tell you, that … Continue reading Grammar Wednesday: COMMA SPLICE–coordinating conjunction
Direct salutations occur mainly in dialogue when one character is calling another by a specific name. Now, this can be the name of the character or a nickname. Either way, it is considered a direct salutation. I will also tag on identifying characters in this. The commas go on either side of the name. When … Continue reading Grammar Wednesday: COMMA–direct salutation
A parenthetical is easy. If it could go into parenthesis, a.k.a if it makes not difference to the meaning behind the sentence, but you still want it there, then it is a parenthetical phrase. EXAMPLE: 1. Bobby went out to the bar, which he did a lot, and had so many beers he couldn't drive … Continue reading Grammar Wednesday: Comma–parenthetical phrase
So I'm at the bar, again, and my bartender is shocked that I'm writing in a notebook today! He says I'm going old school. There are advantages to writing on a word processor and advantages to writing on paper. Computer! 1. Faster: I type close to 100 wpm so this help me get a ton … Continue reading Gingerman Monday