#MondayBlogs 6 Tools to Improve Your Grammar

Here is a list of online sites to help those who struggle with grammar.

Shannon A Thompson

Intro:

Every writer needs an editor, but before that, every writer needs to edit for themselves. It’s always best to make your manuscript the best manuscript you can before you hire someone else to help on top of that. Because of this need, I am excited to share today’s article with you. Sarah Whitson is here to help you help yourself with six tools for your grammar.

Disclaimer:The views and opinions expressed in guest articles are those of the author/s and do not necessarily reflect my own. To show authenticity of the featured writer, articles are posted as provided (a.k.a. I do not edit them). However, the format may have changed.

6 Tools to Improve Your Grammar by Sarah Whitson

Whether you’re a writer, a novelist, or simply a student who would like to revisit English language skills once in a while, your top concern will always be…

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How to craft better scenes:

Kawanee always has great advice for authors. This is another example of her writing wisdom.

http://lindasclare.com/2015/09/quick-fix-make-your-scenes-count/

Writing Tip for Today:

Here are some easy ways to craft better scenes:

PREDETERMINE SCENE PURPOSE

Even the most ardent seat-of-the-pants writer needs certain events to occur if the Main Character is going to attain a goal. As I’ve said before, you can imagine these vital steps as squares on a board game–your character begins on START and when the story ends the game is over. Either your character attains the goal and wins or loses or she doesn’t get what she wants and wins or loses. The only other possible outcome is a stalemate or some sort of ambivalence–which takes great skill to pull off without disappointing readers. Try laying out your “game board” with changes in attitude, emotion or even location marked in scenes or groups of scenes. It’s OK if you need to alter your board game as you write. But with a simple sentence or…

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…Authors, when all else fails, ignore the instructions…

Love this article. Had to share. Seumas has such a great sense of humor. He writes from the heart, writes what’s in his mind, and shares it so well.

Seumas Gallacher

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…I s’pose most of my life, I’ve questioned stuff… not in the ‘I’m-not-doing-any-of-that-until-yeez-explain-it-to-me’ querying, but more of wond’ring how things actually WURK… fr’example, I bet I’m only one of gazillions of yeez who don’t really know how a light switch makes the bulb light up… yes, yes, Mabel, I know it’s by electricity...but how does it WURK?…things like that… compoooters are devices from The Twilight Zone as far as I’m concerned… like when yeez click on the Mac screen with yer mouse, and pictures change and all that… baffles the hell out of me… but, here’s the thing… without knowing all the exact details of the WURKING machinations, I can still happily get by, clicking away at the laptop, and switching light switches on and off… now, what’s that got to do with being an Author?… well, for a start there’s so many elements that go…

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10 words to cut from your writing:

I don’t think I use these words often. This article will make me pay closer attention to my writing.

http://www.moreyearbooks.com/2015/08/10-words-to-cut-from-your-writing.html

Oooh I’ve GOT to remember number 10! 😛

10 words to cut from your writing


By Shanna Mallon |
As Mark Twain famously wrote, “I didn’t have time to write a short letter, so I wrote a long one instead.” His point? Strong writing is lean writing.


When you want to make your writing more powerful, cut out words you don’t need—such as the 10 included in this post:

1. Just: The word “just” is a filler word that weakens your writing. Removing it rarely affects meaning, but rather, the deletion tightens a sentence.

2. Really: Using the word “really” is an example of writing the way you talk. It’s a verbal emphasis that doesn’t translate perfectly into text. In conversation, people use the word frequently, but in written content it’s unnecessary. Think about the difference between saying a rock is “hard” and “really hard,” for example. What does…

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Author Tip… :)

This is great advice! If you’re an author, or aspiring to be an author, these tips are for you. Copied from kawaneehamilton.wordpress.com. Check out her bio. It’s awesome.

From Indie Authors and Blogs on Facebook:

I need to do this; think I’ll try it this weekend. I am almost finished with a short story I’m working on so after that…. I’ll do this. It’s my plan but my plans often go wildly awry so we’ll see.

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