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    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 each issue of my newsletter. First, I’ll be providing tips and advice learned in the past seven years of drafting my own essays and memoir as well as writing advice provided by others well versed in the craft of writing. Additionally, trending news tips related to the business of publishing and marketing your book may…

  • Writing,  Writing Tips

    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 verb nonplussed also nonplused nonplus·sing also nonplus·ing Definition of NONPLUS : to cause to be at a loss as to what to say, think, or do :perplex * * * Although the word “nonplussed” is a transitive verb, its use is very effective in reflecting the impact one character’s words or actions have on another character.  For example: Walter’s comments…

  • Writing,  Writing Tips

    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 the Purdue OWL provides interesting examples.  Perhaps these arguments would have changed Miss Tatum’s mind.  Then again, maybe not. According to the referenced article, and many other reference books and sites, quite often passive voice is the better choice over active voice depending on certain characteristics of the agent performing the action: obviousness, importance, whenthe…

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    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 essential part of our language and how our writing comes across to our reader.   And correct grammar is essential to good writing unless a character or plot benefits from the opposite. Starting today, my plan is to include one post per month here on some aspect of writing and writing well.  These posts will hopefully…