From Chuck Wendig’s Terrible Minds blog, a feisty post from Aliette de Bodard on the much-maligned semicolon and what it can do for your prose.
review of Anne Clermont’s for all the horse lovers out there. Learning to Fall
A succinct how-to from Andrea Lundgren at
A Writer’s Path on managing all that pesky “backstory” stuff your readers need to know without letting it kill your pace. Don Massenzio has tips for book formatting to make life easier for you and for your readers. Some good questions answered here.
Louie Cronin, aka Cronin the Barbarian from Car Talk, tells us about
her experiences rejecting people for the show—and why we shouldn’t be downcast! She makes rejection fun!
Writer Unboxed has been on a roll recently. Here’s a great post with some clues that
you might want to skip that writing contest you just found.
I weigh in on this post from
Adirondack Editing, via Chris the Story Reading Ape, on split infinitives and dangling modifiers. I ignore one and screech when I find the other. Check out which is which.
Think you know SEO?
Chris the Story Reading Ape passed along this comprehensive list from Mostly Blogging: How to be Found on Google Today, 17 Powerful Tools.Some I bet you’ve never even heard of!
How to Write a Press Release from The Happy Self-Publisher. Instructions, templates, examples galore! Help yourself!
And what about “stupid writing rules”? Colleen Chesebro at the Fairy Whisperer proposes a list of
12 Dumb Things New Writers Tell Each Other. I added one of my own. What would you add?
“12 Dumb Things New Writers Tell Each Other.” The “writing rules” monster! He can go wild!
Do you have any to add? I’d add fear of the word “had” and terror of starting sentences with “and” or “but.”
Does the Who/Whom Conundrum drive you nuts? Quit worrying.
You can be right by being wrong! Use “absolutes” to cut back on “to be” verbs in progressive tenses, and build your voice as well.
Applying for the Grammar Police?
Take this test! Commas control sentence rhythm. Here’s how! COMMA POWER!
And a bonus:
Don’t always cut “there are” and “It is.” Use them!
Min-Zhan Lu and Bruce Horner
introduce a symposium on “translingualism” in the January Translingualism is not just about L2 language learners; it’s the default for “the normal transactions of daily communicative practice of ordinary people.” College English .
HYPERCORRECTNESS TROLL! He wants you to obsess over “correct grammar” so he can eat your lunch !