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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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An Unholy Love: Me and My Ellipses

An Unholy Love: Me and My Ellipses 

I recently re-read my novel Ravenmarked, and I had a rather eye-opening realization: I have an unholy love of ellipses. It’s always kind of scary to read things you wrote sometime back and find your “writing tic”. I think all writers have them. I know I have several, and I regularly search and destroy (or […]

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The Colon

The Colon 

Two weeks ago, I wrote about the much maligned and unjustly despised semicolon. Okay, that was kind of biased wasn’t it? It’s pretty clear that you’ll have to pry my semicolon out of my cold, dead hands. If you don’t like semicolons, maybe I can tempt you with a regular colon? Stronger than a semicolon, […]

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Relax, it’s only Tense.

Relax, it’s only Tense. 

When the fantasy writer writes it is probably a good idea to have some idea of tense. There are some who claim to know of over thirty different tenses, though past, present, and future are the most common. Many are the same tense with a different name. I found a neat article on this subject […]

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The Case of the Capital in Fantasy

The Case of the Capital in Fantasy 

When going through the final edit of a galley, the tension mounts. This is the last opportunity to make changes, fix rogue quotation marks, commas and capitals. It is during the ‘line’ edit that most arguments occur about capitals. At least that is what I am finding. For fantasy writers, the names of races, countries, […]

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Rhythm and Time – Part 2: Add a Little Harmony with Adjectives

Rhythm and Time – Part 2: Add a Little Harmony with Adjectives 

Two weeks ago, I started my series on rhythm and time in writing by talking about verbs. I think verbs are the bass line for all writing, because if you use the right one, you won’t be tempted to pad your writing with unnecessary descriptors. However, sometimes you need descriptors. And what part of speech […]

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Strengthen Your Voice

Strengthen Your Voice 

Rosalie Skinner posted a great article several weeks ago about what agents and editors hate to see in manuscripts. One of the things the agents mentioned was passive voice. Passive voice is one of my pet peeves, too, and I’ve given up on many books because of the overuse of it. But solving the problem […]

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Cutting the Flab: Eliminate Extraneous Words

Cutting the Flab: Eliminate Extraneous Words 

As a marketing writer and freelance copywriter, I spent several years trimming sentences and blurbs to fit in newspaper ads and on postcards, brochures, and other marketing collateral. Then I started writing fiction again. Oh, the joy! I could wax poetic about anything, not worrying about wordcounts or keeping things trim and tidy. And since […]

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Strengthen Your Prose: Distancing Verbs

Strengthen Your Prose: Distancing Verbs 

For the next few articles on my “writing craft” weeks, I’m going to talk about some of the ways to improve your writing by eliminating words and phrases that weaken your prose. This week: Distancing Verbs. These are words that remove the reader one-step from the narrative. The most common offenders: Seemed Thought Felt Saw […]

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Avoid Rejection: Five Ways to Polish Your Manuscript

Avoid Rejection: Five Ways to Polish Your Manuscript 

One: Let It Sit Like a vintage port, your writing can improve with maturity. Sounds odd and hardly proactive, but leaving your completed manuscript to sit for a while can help you see flaws in it later. While the ink is still drying, you are too involved with the characters and situations to look at […]

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Run-ons, Fuses, and Comma Splices

Run-ons, Fuses, and Comma Splices 

Two weeks ago, I wrote about sentence fragments and how they can add punch and style to your writing. Today, we’ll look at another common writing error: The run-on (fused) sentence or comma splice. I’m not very lenient about run-ons and comma splices in writing. They are almost always confusing and indicative of a new […]

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Avoid Rejection – Editors’ Pet Peeves

Avoid Rejection – Editors’ Pet Peeves 

Hi, my name is Rosalie and I am the first to admit there is a lot about writing I don’t know. There is however, a lot I have learned about writing fantasy since I have been studying the topic for the last fifteen years. Experience has taught me a great deal, often the hard way. […]

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