A Review of Common Mistakes While Writing My one friend decided to write his own book, too, so I said, “Hey, let me see what you got!” And so he did, and immediately, the finer grammarian hairs on my neck stood up. Though I don’t take such things as seriously as other, I do find … Continue reading Two Common Writing Mistakes
Comparisons As Buddhists say, “Comparisons are the root of all evil.” And despite bad judgment, the rule to follow for parents of multiple children. So, too, for an aspiring ‘anything,’ this is a golden rule too quickly forgotten. We draw comparisons between ourselves and every expert we come across. It is best not to put … Continue reading Revisiting Bad Writing: Comparisons
Repetition This is maybe one thing in writing that too often goes unnoticed, but many writers nowadays seem to overlook the strengths and usually weaknesses of repetition. Is it all bad—no! Is it good—resoundingly no! So let me explain. Most people tackle editing with the sole desire to route out those pesky grammar problems … Continue reading Revisiting Grammar: Repetition
Miscellaneous Points on Modifiers and Adjective Clauses Now that you’re clear on what modifiers are, let’s look a little more at common mistakes a few authors do with them, beyond the rudimentary ones. Twiddling his fingers, Tom walked over, staring at the baroque art. Truly, there’s only a slight problem with this. As you can … Continue reading Revisiting Grammar: Misc. Points
Weak Verbs Weak verbs are probably the worst flaw to correct. For that reason, the best time to tackle them is in editing. While you’re in the midst of writing, the last thing you want to do is slow down your momentum to come up with another word for ‘move,’ and yet that’s exactly what … Continue reading Revisiting Bad Grammar: Weak Verbs
To Beat A Grammarian: A Book to Help Editing (and keep grammar Nazis off your back) If you've ever had problems with picky readers that tear your self-published book apart, this book is for you. When I got my first reviews on the first Chewy Noh, ripped into the syntax mistakes and more. So I … Continue reading Have Trouble with Grammar Nazis?
To Beat a Grammarian: Commas (Part One) I cannot vent my frustration enough with these kinds of people! You know them—grammar Nazis. They follow the rules rigidly, and should a rule change, they ignore it vehemently, basing their adamancy on it not coinciding with some near-religious text they once read. In other words, zealots! But … Continue reading To Beat a Grammarian: Commas (Part One)