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The Dreaded Adverb Problem

The Dreaded Adverb Problem 

The poor adverb. No part of speech is more maligned than this little modifier. When authors want to insult each other, what do we do? We accuse each other of using too many adverbs. It’s the writer equivalent of “your mama.” But to say that all adverb use is lazy or a sign of bad […]

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The Sacred and Profane in Fantasy Writing: Who Gives a F___?

The Sacred and Profane in Fantasy Writing: Who Gives a F___? 

As I started writing this my five-year-old niece was settling down to a sleepover with my youngest daughter, and my second daughter had just reminded me that we would have to watch our language around the impressionable little one. Those who have worked with me will know that I have a slight tendency to cuss. […]

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Another Point (of View) – Part Two: Third Person

Another Point (of View) – Part Two: Third Person 

Last time, as you recall, or maybe you don’t, we looked at narration in the first-person. It has, as a writing style, many good points and some pitfalls. Well, third-person is no different in terms of advantages and disadvantages. It is different in relation to tone, information and connection. If you want to write a […]

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Everyone’s Got A Point (of View) – Part One: First Person

Everyone’s Got A Point (of View) – Part One: First Person 

I’ve never liked violence. Doesn’t mean I’m not good at it, I’m just not fond of it. But survival’s become something of a habit and if that means getting in the first punch, kick, or whack with whatever object comes to hand, I’m all for it. – Corin Hayes And after that shameless self-promotion let’s […]

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Rhythm and Time – Part 1: Give Your Writing a Beat of Its Own

Rhythm and Time – Part 1: Give Your Writing a Beat of Its Own 

I took seven years of piano lessons growing up. I have a terrible ear, and I never practiced enough to become technically adept, but I was always pretty good at sight-reading and keeping time. My sense of meter and rhyme is pretty instinctive when it comes to music. Like music, writing has meter and timing […]

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Commas…To Avoid Confusion

Commas…To Avoid Confusion 

In an effort to educate myself, I am taking a deeper, longer and more exhaustive look at commas. The most basic use for commas is to indicate a pause where you would take a breath when reading. Personally, I like commas and have been accused, rightly, of their overuse. This topic makes my brain melt. […]

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The Rulebreaker’s Guide to the Semicolon

The Rulebreaker’s Guide to the Semicolon 

When I started writing fiction again in November 2009, I just wrote. I didn’t care about what was okay, what was forbidden, and what was tolerable—I just purged my head of the story that had been stewing there for three years. It was raw and unpracticed and ugly, but there was something so authentic about […]

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Rules? Where We’re Going We Don’t Need Rules

Rules? Where We’re Going We Don’t Need Rules 

There’s a strong tendency in critique groups, whether online or in person, or in writing guides, or even just in casual conversation between writers, to talk about The Rules of Writing. They’re often talked about as if they are immutable, as if ignoring them will make you fail. This is false. One can say there […]

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Writing Rules and Fantasy: Adverbs

Writing Rules and Fantasy: Adverbs 

Writing rules concerning adverbs tend to vary from ‘be sparing with them’, to ‘NEVER use ANY adverbs EVER’. Include too many adverbs in your writing and editors and reviewers are likely to look at you as though the cat dragged in something half-dead and nasty. But what is it about these poor little words that […]

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Something Is Wrong In Fantasy

Something Is Wrong In Fantasy 

Something is blurring the focus in Fantasy. Did that get your attention? Fantasy is great. There is nothing wrong with the genre, but as aspiring authors, we need to realize the responsibility we have in presenting “something” to our readers. “Something” covers a lot of area. If used without thought, this single word can distance […]

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Literary Devices: Motif

Literary Devices: Motif 

If any of you follow my blog or know me on other social media (especially Facebook), you know that I’m a “yarnie”—that is, I’m addicted to yarn. I’ve had a renewed interest in knitting and crocheting this year, and I’ve been posting pictures on Facebook for months. Apparently, being a spec-fic geek wasn’t nerdy enough […]

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Commas…The Continuing Story

Commas…The Continuing Story 

You can read Part One, Commas…To Avoid Confusion, here. Commas. The story continues to unfold. In this second installment, we will take a quick look at how commas work with appositives, emphasizing adverbs, greetings, numerals, and last but not least, commas between dependent and independent clauses. Right, let’s get started. Appositives First it is necessary to […]

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