August 14th Is the Day!

Starting August 14th, I begin distributing bi-weekly my first-ever newsletter related to this blog. The purpose of today's post is to remind you to sign up, if you haven't already, using the link in the image below or in the right-hand sidebar. This post also includes a small peek into what you can expect with…

Confused by Nonplussed?

Sometimes the "non" in the word "nonplussed" creates some fuzziness in the writer or reader's mind.  Like traveling through a maze, understanding "nonplussed" can leave you feeling a bit lost. Today's post attempts to clarify the real meaning of "nonplussed" and how it can be effective in character development.nonplus |  transitive verbnonplussed also nonplused nonplus·sing also nonplus·ingDefinition…

Passive Voice | Always an Error?

When I hear or see the grammatical term "passive voice," I recall my freshman high school English teacher.  Not once did Miss Tatum ever concede that passive voice was not an error! Use of passive voice in her classroom was strictly prohibited.However, there are times when passive voice becomes the better choice.  An article in…

Grammar Lesson #1

Let's face it -- we all hate it!  Grammar that is.  We hated it when we had to take the subject in school.  We hated it when it cost us a good grade on a paper.  We still hate it now as we write novels, memoirs, essays, articles and blog posts. BUT grammar is an…