There is a mantra among many writers: to be a good writer, you need to be a good reader. Many have taken this to mean that you need to read widely, reading every published book you can get your hands on. Some insist that you need to read at least a book a week while others spout off that it’s one a month. However, is all that reading of the published works really doing your writing any good? Let me explain.
When looking through writers’ blog, it’s not surprising to see that so many of them focus on books and writing. We’re meant to blog about what we know and writing is what we know, right? WRONG! You are more than just a writer and you know about so much more, even if you don’t think so. Unless there is a strategic business reason to be focusing 100% on writing, you should include those others aspects of your life into your blog.
While colloquial slang might have someone turn round, the phrase is actually turn around. Round is a mathematical concept: round shape, round numbers, sequence. Around is the adverb. If a character uses the colloquial slang, then have them say, “Turn ’round.” Note the use of the apostrophe. This will highlight that you know it should be around, but deliberately used round.
Most users of Facebook are very much aware that the site developers are constantly changing things to improve the end-user experience. However, sometimes the changes mean that things go missing or unseen.
One of the changes means that random users can sent you private messages (PM), even those who are not listed on your Friends list. How many times has someone said they send you a PM and you have spent hours digging through your old messages trying to find the elusive message but to no avail? How many of those message requests has Facebook filtered such that you don’t see them?
Well, here’s how you can access your missing Facebook PMs.
Ensure that you are using the correct tone within your writing. Within fiction, you will need to match tone to the character (even if your narrator is not really a character). Within non-fiction, remember there is a big difference between a professional tone with humor added in and one that is insulting and condescending. You might have an important message, but the tone used to deliver that message will change the way in which it is received.
Anyone who has used a smartphone for a text message will know how auto-correct can easily get things wrong, but there is one auto-correct system that will put you on the wrong every time unless you watch it. Word processing systems will often auto-capitalize the first word after a quotation mark if the dialogue ends with a question mark or an exclamation point.
While writers are often into their own worlds of fire-breathing dragons or sexual encounters with that dark knight, there is one topic that many writers struggle to write about: themselves. It’s ironic… Here we are, words flow easily on the page when discussing some fictional character, but writing about the one person that we know the best… You have got to be kidding.
However, writing a bio is not something that a writer should shy away from. There are so many ways to spinning what might seem like a boring hum-drum life and making it sound glamorous. We’re writers. We can do this, right?
It seems almost obvious, yet, I frequently hear (or read) that another writer has chosen to forgo the valuable steps of editing. Editing is much more than just spelling, punctuation and grammar. It’s about tone, voice and message too. NEVER underestimate the value of importance of editing.
The word “just” is often a word that can be deleted from a manuscript, but don’t hit “Delete All Instances.” Just has a different meanings depending on the context: just punishment; “Just do it!”; just stood there, staring. I would delete the last instance, but not the first two; “just” gives the words more meaning.