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In the 17th century, a man named John Dryden made the executive decision that because it could not be done in Latin, that ending a sentence with a preposition was “not elegant.” And so, centuries later, the world’s best prose, descriptions, and arguments went from being something which we all strived for to something forContinue reading “WTT: Zombie Rule #2”
Tuesday night, I logged into my banner account for school to see if my final grade for my senior portfolio had been posted (I’ve been checking every day, I’m a little obsessive). There was something posted alright — AN INCOMPLETE! My application for grad school just went into review! Not going to lie: I cried. I cried realContinue reading “My Daily Dosage of High Blood Pressure”
Let’s talk about dead grammar. There are plenty of rules for grammar which aren’t true any more. Heck, I before E actually has more words which break the rule than words that follow it. Zombie Rules, so called because they are dead but still lifelessly wander the earth looking for writers to scare off, are bothContinue reading “WTT: Zombie Rule #1”
I just thought I would take the time to say hello to everyone and mention some things I’m doing, not doing, plan on doing — because I can. I’ve been busy finishing my undergraduate degree in Writing Arts at Rowan University as well as applying to grad school (also at Rowan University). It’s been veryContinue reading “A Personal Post”
It’s the classic: show me don’t tell me. It’s also a cop out in your writing. Oh, sure, it’s factual too. The sun is indeed shining. Are the birds chirping as well? Chuck Palahniuk’s article on Lit Reactor says it very well. You’ll have to “un-pack” the description. This photo for example. Try describing itContinue reading “WTT: Don’t Tell Me The Sun Is Shining”
I’m not working on anything currently and I haven’t made any significant progress on any other piece I’ve mentioned. My portfolio work has put a big dent in all of my progress. I am currently finishing my capstone classes for my degree. In Rowan’s Writing Arts program, our portfolio consists of five submissions which areContinue reading “My Fiction Friday: No Fiction”
I’m going to admit something up front here. This post is going to rant about something. It is, however, very important for anyone who creates content on the web. It’s very important. It helps clear up your blog feed and your site content. It makes it easier for your audience and prospective followers to peruseContinue reading “WTT: Read More”
The most important thing for a storyteller to do is ground the reader. By the end of the first paragraph the reader should know the name of the narrator or main character and the setting. Some writers like to keep this from the reader, but remember that readers shouldn’t be confused about the story at the beginning. Think about it this way:Continue reading “WTT: You’re Grounded!”
Welcome back for the exciting conclusion to It’s My Handy Dandy… Everything! I will be discussing two more applications to help you keep your writing organized.