Friday, February 26, 2010
Thursday, February 25, 2010
Day One: Character is born. The writer assigns a name and the character begins to breath. A line of dialogue is given. The character has a voice.
Wednesday, February 24, 2010
It might be the sentence that gets the most re-writing in anyone's manuscript. It certainly garners a great deal of attention. The dreaded first sentence. Experts dictate this sentence sets the mood and pace for the thousands of sentences that will follow. Grab the reader! Make it impossible for them not to keep reading!
Tuesday, February 23, 2010
Yesterday, Jan Morrison, author of the delightful Crazy Jane blog asked for my top ten writing rules. This post, therefore, goes under the caveat 'be careful what you ask for...'
Monday, February 22, 2010
Friday, February 19, 2010
Thursday, February 18, 2010
I am a creature of routines. I like my day to go a certain way; this is the time for this, this is the time for that. I believe I became a routine worshiper after the arrival of my first child and routines were the only way to force some sense of order on that rather chaotic situation. To this day, my kids are used to routines. They know certain things happen at certain times. Homework. Meals. Bed. I worked my writing into my daily routine years ago.
Wednesday, February 17, 2010
Tuesday, February 16, 2010
Monday, February 15, 2010
I have a deadline approaching fast, so I'm having to tear myself away from watching the Olympics (GO CANADA GO), knuckle down and get to work. Luckily, I know how this mystery game will go. I've already:
- Named all my characters and know each of their motives. (all 13 of them!)
- Researched my setting and the time period.
- Decided what pieces of 'evidence' need to be created to add an extra element to the game.
- Know who's lying and who isn't.
- Know who's the guilty party.
- Know where to add a bit of humour. (I find it impossible not to).
Friday, February 12, 2010
I found this while hopping about the internet this week. Enjoy.
1. Avoid run-on sentences they are hard to read.
2. Never use no double negatives.
3. Use the semicolon properly, always where it is appropriate; and never where it is not.
4. Reserve the apostrophe for it's proper use and omit it where it is not needed.
5. Verbs has to agree with their subjects.
6. No sentence fragments.
7. Proofread carefully to see if you any words out.
8. Avoid commas, that are not necessary.
9. When you reread your work, you will find on rereading that a great deal of repetition can be avoided by rereading and editing.
10. A writer must not shift your point of view.
11. Do not overuse exclamation marks!!! (In fact, avoid them whenever possible!!!)
12. And do not start a sentence with a conjunction.
13. Place pronouns as closely as possible, especially in long sentences, as of ten or more words, to their antecedents.
14. Hyphenate only between syllables and avoid un-necessary hyphens.
15. Write all adverbial forms correct.
16. Don't use contractions.
17. Writing carefully, dangling participles must be avoided.
18. It is incumbent on us to avoid archaisms.
19. If any word is improper at the end of a sentence, a linking verb is.
20. Steer clear of incorrect verb forms that have snuck into the language.
21. Take the bull by the hand and avoid mixed metaphors.
22. Avoid modernisms that sound flaky.
23. Avoid barbarisms: they impact too forcefully.
24. Never, ever use repetitive redundancies.
25. Everyone should be careful to use singular pronouns with singular nouns in their writing.
26. If we've told you once, we've told you a thousand times: avoid hyperbole.
27. Also, avoid awkward or affected alliteration.
28. Do not string a large number of prepositional phrases together unless you are walking through the valley of the shadow of death.
29. Always pick on the the correct idiom.
30. "Avoid overuse of 'quotation' 'marks.'"
31. Never use more words than are necessary to get your point across: be concise.
32. Awayz check you're spelling. (Your spellchecker would only pick up one of the two errors here.)
33. Always be avoided by the passive voice.
34. Every sentence a verb.
35. Last but not least, avoid cliches like the plague: seek viable alternatives.
Thursday, February 11, 2010
Wednesday, February 10, 2010
However, when my detective is home in Provence, this is a view of his village, Isle-sur-la-Sorgue.
Tuesday, February 9, 2010
We're all taught telling the truth is the best path. Truth is good, etc. The reality of day to day life is different. We all lie. We just justify it in different ways. "If I told her the truth, I would hurt her feelings," or "It's not a big lie," or any number of other ways. It's a long accepted fact that very few people want an honest answer to the question "Does this outfit make me look fat?" if that answer would be a resounding "yes".
Monday, February 8, 2010
Friday, February 5, 2010
Happy Friday!Welcome to the second installment of Fun Friday. I hope you enjoy these jokes I've discoveredwhile surfing the net this week. Have a wonderful weekend.Q: How many agents does it take to screw in a light bulb?Agent #1: Sorry, we're not accepting screw in light bulbs anymore. Bayonets only, and we only get them from the store.
Agent #2: We considered your light bulb but it's a bit too modern. Have you tried turning it into a candle?
Agent #3: Loved your light bulb. Great light. Lots of illumination. Unfortunately, the agency's decided to remain in the dark indefinitely.
Thursday, February 4, 2010
The Winter Olympics Opening Ceremonies are next Friday and foreign journalists are flooding into Vancouver. How can we spot them? Many of them are walking around sweating in their fur-lined parkas. It's not cold here; in fact, it's so warm snow is being trucked in from BC's interior to help 'snow up' on of our local city mountains where some of the aerial ski-ing is to take place. Cherry trees are beginning to blossom. I've got flowers coming up in my garden.
Wednesday, February 3, 2010
There have been unsolved mysteries since the beginning of history. Did Atlantis really exist? How was Stonehenge built and what was it used for? What was the fate of the little Princes in the Tower? What happened to Amelia Earhart? But the biggest unsolved mystery of all...
Tuesday, February 2, 2010
Why, oh why, is it not possible to write on command? Or, more precisely, why is it not possible to write well on command? I'm sure there are legions of writers who can do this, I humbly confess, I cannot.
Monday, February 1, 2010
I believe every writer in the world has their own answer to this question. There are no wrong answers, but there are politically incorrect ones.