In my editing endeavors recently I’ve encountered a lot of words that spellcheck doesn’t always catch and so it prompted me to share a few of them with you. Passed (verb) vs Past (prepo… Source: Grammar-ease: Passed vs Past and Other Confusing Words
Source: *Abso-hallelujah-lutely: Infixes can't be interjections (but what are they?)
Source: From creative writers to creative readers: Why it takes two to build a “hydrogen jukebox” I enjoyed this brief essay on compound nouns from both a writer's and a reader's perspective and I hope you will too.
The primary influences on my writing have always been Hemingway and Fitzgerald. Based on what I have read, neither was a fan of metaphors. Somewhere in the back of my mind I seem to recall Hemingway once calling metaphors "the weakest of animals" or "the "weakest of literary devices" or something like that (I have … Continue reading Metaphors
Here is a superb explanation from http://grammar.about.com/od/alightersideofwriting/a/sensualgloss.htm of the distinction between two words I still confuse (no matter how many times I watch the supermarket scene from Animal House). Knowing the history of the two words helps. I stumbled across this article today while double-checking its usage for a story I am writing. After reading this it occurred to … Continue reading Sensual vs. Sensuous
I just want to post a few quick thoughts for the night on the topic of voice in narration versus narration in dialogue. The opinions I state here may change with time as I learn more of the art of writing, but these are my feelings for now. Unless there is a specific reason to give … Continue reading Thoughts on Voice
If I do not enjoy writing a story, how can I expect my readers to enjoy reading it?
Here are a few more words for your horror vocabulary: "Seven Spooky Words for Halloween" at Dictionary.com - Free Online English Dictionary. I apologize for the glitch, but apparently you cannot get to the Seven Spooky Words without having to flip through the Monsters of Literature and Folklore slide show. Both slide shows are enjoyable … Continue reading Dictionary.com – Seven Spooky Words
Yesterday, I happened across a good article at Vocabulary.com that cleared up something for me and so I thought I would pass along the info. Have you ever wondered about the difference between assure, ensure, and insure? Here is the answer: Assure/Ensure/Insure.
Unfortunately, I have been so busy lately that I have not had very much time to write or to post anything new of any substance. However, to polish my writing skills I have been perusing The Most Common Mistakes in English Usage by Thomas Berry during some of my few free moments. Although the book is … Continue reading “The Most Common Mistakes in English Usage”
Most writers think of modeling their style after that of a famous writer. A large part of any writer's style is his use of grammar. For example, Hemingway's lean, muscular, sparse, style is well-known. His use of punctuation (which I am including under grammar) is also spare, using and where most writers would use commas in … Continue reading Whose skill with grammar do you admire most?