Today at Just Can’t Help Writing! Build Character with Stage Business!

Make your “props” talkBOOKS SUCCESS! Every “sip of coffee” can pass on news to your readers about who your characters are and what conflicts they face!

TODAY AT JUST CAN’T HELP WRITING: CHECK OUT THIS POST ON CADENCE AND BEATS IN YOUR WRITING!

Creative outputWriters in the Storm features guest blogger Margie Lawson‘s excellent discussion of how to use rhythm and cadence to enhance the flow of your prose. I provide some additional resources and links to my earlier posts on Novel First Lines and punctuation. Let me know what rhetorical devices you use! http://tinyurl.com/pq7bjkd

THIS WEEK’S SUMMARY AT COLLEGE COMPOSITION WEEKLY: CREATIVITY AND COLLEGE WRITING

In the September 2015 College Composition and Communication, Patrick Sullivan argues that composition should not relegate creativity to the creative writing classroom but should join other fields in seizing its potential as a vital component of cognition, transfer, problem-solving, and critical thinking and as a “luminous human capacity” that can be learned by anyone. http://tinyurl.com/okv4rpe

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At Just Can’t Help Writing: Grammar Rules You DON’T Need!

Check out my latest installment of “How Much Grammar Do You Need?” I argue that these three rules can safely be ignored. They aren’t even real “rules”! http://wp.me/p1KFmw-6g

New Posts on Just Can’t Help Writing: More “Grammar” and How to Protect Your Ebook Rights

How much “Grammar” Do You Really Need, Part III: I summarize Joe Williams’ categories of errors (those we notice, those we don’t notice, those we notice when they’re actually correct, and those that we ought not to bother with. . .  .). My own categories (upcoming): those you can ignore, those you can’t ignore, those you should gamble on.

Questions to Ask Agents, specifically about how to retain your ebook rights: I’m investigating the claims of Dean Wesley Smith that “life-of-copyright” is the new industry standard, meaning that we can never recover our rights regardless of the publisher’s intentions for our books. This article sheds some light on pro-active steps to take if you manage to acquire an agent.