#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.

Kawanee's Korner

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.

Kawanee's Korner

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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What I’m Thankful For

I know the title is gammatically incorrect, but I’m not being formal today.

Yesterday was Thanksgiving Day, the first I’ve been able to spend with my brother in over 20 years. He’s a long-haul truck driver, divorced and remarried. He married his 2nd wife three years ago and they live in Texas. My husband and I have spend the last fifteen and half years in south-central Florida, taking care of his parents. Both of them are now with the Lord Jesus and don’t need us. We are now free to travel again, and are (we hope) on our way to Quartzsite, AZ for the winter.

We are spending the Thanksgiving holiday (week) with my brother’s wife and her mother in Houston, TX. My brother made it in yesterday morning and we all went to his wife’s uncle’s house where most of the extended family gathered for the holiday. What a blessing and a treat to meet so many new people, make some new friends (including my sister-in-law).

I am so thankful for my husband, my family, our health, new friends, my children and grandchildren (the two oldest ones recently asked Jesus to be their Lord and Savior and were baptized), and so very thankful for the churches and church families God has blessed us with along our journey. Hughes Grove Baptist Church in Thomasville, NC; Bethel Baptist Church in Lake Placid, FL; Onycha Baptist Church in Opp, AL; and Whites Chapel Baptist Church in Jackson, TN. They all have a special place in my heart, and all have greatly contributed to our growth in the Lord.

 

Rewrite! Rewrite! Rewrite!

I recently got back the rights to my first novel, Vengeance. It took me over twenty years to write it and revise, revise, revise. I got sick of looking at it and wrote a hasty ending. Then I sent it off to a POD publisher who did absolutely nothing to promote it and put such a high price on it, no one would ever purchase it.

It took  me fifteen years to get the rights back, but now I have them. I will be doing a rewrite to make the story better. As I go through the process I will introduce you to my characters. It is a post Civil War novel set in West Virginia. The protagonist is a seventeen-year-old half breed (Cherokee/caucasian) who is suddenly faced with responsbilites she had never anticipated while struggling to find her true faith.

Follow me and let me know what you think. Offer suggestions if you like. Journey with me throught the process. I expect to have it ready for re-release by early summer of 2016.

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.

Kawanee's Korner

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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The Adventures of the Dye’s Part 1

We spent the summer in Opp, Alabama, visiting our youngest three grandkids. We left there about September 1 to visit Kay’s best friend in Thomasville, NC. We spent a few days there and went to family reunion at Bluestone State Park in Hinton, WV. Our whole lives revolve around family reunion.

 

When we left family reunion we traveled to Jackson, TN to visit our oldest three grandkids. They are really growing up fast. We want to spend as much time with them as we can before they grow up and leave the nest. We have helped them clean up the yard, get rid of old stuff and clear out buildings. We have taught them how to play a few games and the kids taught us to play a game called Nertz. We taught them to play Back Alley (kind of like Spades, but includes jokers called big and little bloopers which are always the highest trump), Gotcha (kind of a cross between Sorry and Trouble), and Phase 10.

 

They have their own mini zoo: 2 Capuchin monkeys, 3 Airdale Terriers, 2 standard Poodles, 2 Great Danes with 12 puppies (most of which have been spoken for), 2 horses, a cat, a Macaw, a Cockatoo, and an African Gray parrot. Needless to say, it is never boring at this house!

 

We left there November 16 and are slowly making our way to Houston, TX to visit my brother and his family for Thanksgiving. We are really looking forward to meeting his wife and mother-in-law. Our trek is taking us down the Natchez Trace Parkway through Mississippi. We have made a lot of stops and I’ll have pictures for you when we get settled in Quartzsite, AZ this winter. We should be there by early December.