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 […]Read more "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 […]Read more "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 […]Read more "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 […]Read more "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 […]Read more "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 […]Read more "To Beat a Grammarian: Commas (Part One)"
Why I Want to Beat a Grammarian After finishing my first book, I quickly realized there were many things I didn’t know about writing. Clearly, I can string lines together and make them coherent, even sometimes cohesive. Yet time and time again, comments arose about my grammar. And, to be honest, I was shocked. I’ve […]Read more "To Beat a Grammarian: A Preface"