There is no doubt that the English language is changing rapidly. I have to force myself from committing the sin of all sins: two spaces after a period. We have all had our moments with Grammar Check and Spell Check. A great alternative is Grammarly or Grammar Girl. I highly recommend Grammar Greeks on LinkedIN… Continue reading Grammar Problems
Amazon and Hatchette have been in the news quite a bit lately. That brought back memories of the Ellora's Cave lawsuit which I spoke on in a previous blog. That is now headed to Federal Court. Anyway, I couldn't remember how to spell "Ellora," so I Googled Ebook lawsuits. OMG! With any new, unexplored territory,… Continue reading Oh Those Pesky Lawsuits!
Damn. Already my word choice is screwing me over.
Just like it screws over others.
Today I’m going to show you how easily really bad word choice can break the drama of the moment. I’m going to demonstrate this with an example based off a piece of work (which will not be named) containing the same maddening literary gaffe.
Take this riveting scene:
The stage is set for the heart-clenching rivalry between good and evil to explode. Many have been lost, and the casualties, not so casual to their friends, families, and lovers, are predicted to rise drastically in numbers. The hero is facing the villain, who has the hero’s dame of choice secure against him with a knife pressed to her neck. One wrong move and a love like no other will be lost, unleashing a sorrow of epic proportions.
“She’s dead now, Jack!”…
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I was recently in a doctor's office reading the Genetics magazine. Aside from all the fantastic scientific discoveries soon coming our way, I got side tracked by one article. The article suggested that during the holidays at family get- togethers that someone write down that information. Yes, we have many stories about Uncle John and… Continue reading Write for the Holidays
After concentrating on front cover art, I have moved on to back cover art. The back of the book is just as important as the front cover. This discussion is probably moot if you are publishing only e-books, but I found an entire new world of design for physical books. The front cover should catch… Continue reading Back Cover Art
After months of working with cover art, I find myself still fretting over color. For three months, I spent part of every week marching six year olds through the bookstore. (I do apologize to the bookstore for the reign of terror I inflicted upon them!) I just sat at a little round table in the… Continue reading The Color Turquoise??
Is it true? Is this one little mark soon to be an extinct creature? Are we purposely jettisoning the old in favor of ....? Yes, you heard me: extinction or ...? Something? Nothing? I've heard this rumor for years now and wondered how we would get along without it. So where are you in… Continue reading RIP: The Aspostrophe?
Does spelling matter any more? I would really like you to weigh in on this one. I used to be a big news junkie. Time (magazine) was once hallowed ground to me because I could never find an error in it. That love affair abruptly ended. I find myself very frustrated with auto correct because… Continue reading Does Spelling Count??
You may have wondered what happened to those 101 tips! I broke them into sections and now here are some more interesting ideas to ponder. Remember if all these tips worked, there wouldn't be any such thing as a "starving artist." Every novel would be a success. Unfortunately, it is not so easy. Use these… Continue reading More Tips
Lori Gama did a presentation on "To Tweet or not to Tweet." She is an excellent speaker. If you need a speaker in your area or are in need of some advice on web design and marketing, she is the one (@lorigama). As a writer you need to brand yourself. You are the brand. So… Continue reading Quid Novi Results Part II