Scissor Words



Scissor words are overused words which can be eliminated. Here are some helpful tips:



1. “To be” verbs: is, are, am, was, were, be, being, been.


          Try reworking your sentences, and cut back on using them. You cannot wholly avoid “to be” verbs, but limit their usage.


2. “That” can be overused within a sentence. Take out some in your story; it may make the sentences flow better.


3. Just, like, & as are used for emphasis or comparison. But, they can turn into writing crutches.


4. “ly” adverbs are lackluster descriptive words. Even though there are some situations you cannot avoid using adverbs. Do not go overboard. Using “ly” adverbs too much will weaken the story. Use other descriptive words to strengthen it.


5. Now means: NOW. It’s an immediate response. If you choose to use it, avoid placing now at the beginning of the sentence.

                                     Now we can go.

                                    We can go now.


Don’t worry about following these steps until after you’ve finished your work. If you edit in the middle of writing, you will only get frustrated. I usually print a chapter off at a time and then rework it. Once you start looking for specific words, they will stand out. 
Good luck.
Take care, my friends 🙂

Who Is Your Biggest Fan?

Where I’m at Wednesday

I made it home. Yay! But. . .Boo! I left my parents, cooler temperatures, and the tranquil forest behind.
The good news is, while I was gone, I managed to finish a few chapters. Now, I would like to print out the manuscript and get it ready for the “clean-up” stage. It isn’t just about editing, but adding more details. I do enjoy this part of the process. It also helps me to get a clearer picture of where I’m at in the story. I consider this part the final stages before completing the book.


Writing to impress others

What drives you to write?


Is it:


                   A passion to express your stories,


                                  Or, do you hunger to impress others?


We—writers can gravitate to both reasons. But, if you lean more toward the latter, then you may be setting up for failure.


Why? 1) The rewards will be short. Sure, in the beginning, you may gain a lot, but sooner-or-later it will dwindle. 2) People lose interest; you can only hold their attention for so long. 3) And when they wane interest, you will too. 4) It may even force you to write harder, but it won’t have the quality you’re hoping for. 5) Eventually, you will run out of stories or ideas. 6) You will become exhausted, trying to maintain the pretenses.


Be passionate about your work, but don’t let it go to your head. People read to imagine new things, to escape their own issues, or to gain a broader knowledge. They don’t attach to you—the writer until you’ve proven you can do these things for them.
Enjoy your work, and don’t let it overwhelm you. I would rather my stories to be a journey for me, as much as it is for the reader. If you rush or push yourself, it can fizzle; most of us don’t work well under a panicked state. Take your time to craft ideas. Relax.
Seeking notoriety shouldn’t be at the top of your list. Gaining an audience should. Be respectful and don’t pressure people.
I wish you the best.


Take care, my friends.

. . . Challenged Your Originality



True originality



Recently, I went to see the movie The Guardians of the Galaxy. It was awesome!


Although in the movie, there was a part that bore a likeness to the orb in my story. At first, it made my heart sink; however, I concluded our stories were not the same.


This has happened to me on several occasions—movies, television shows or books having similar concepts to mine. I am sure it has happened to you too.


Some of us hide our stories away, thinking others will assume we copied them.


In the past, I critically compared my work to other stories. It caused me to wonder if I could ever be taken seriously. But, friends and family members notated the variations and the originality of my stories, which convinced me to continue.


Before you discredit your work take into consideration we all share similar creativeness, but then our stories grow in different directions or have nothing else in common. Don’t let it stop you from writing. Don’t let it discourage you.


Your unique originality is yours. Own it!


Take care, my friends. 🙂


Where I’m at Wednesday






              “What makes you an authority on writing?”


                                                     “What merits do you have?”


                                                                                      “Who gave you the right to write?”


Most of my advice is the result of many conflicts I have had to face over the years. Those questions above were just some I have encountered along my journeys.
Sadly, many people believe that if you don’t have a higher education out of high school, then you have no authority to write, or be called “author”.


One of my favorite authors, Ray Bradbury wrote astonishing details and created innovative ideas. It wasn’t until later that I learned his viewpoint about college.
          “Libraries raised me. I don’t believe in colleges and universities. I believe in libraries because most                students don’t have any money. When I graduated from high school, it was during the Depression                  and we had no money. I couldn’t go to college, so I went to the library three days a week for 10                            years.”
I’m not discrediting anyone with a degree, but we, as a society cannot limit ourselves to a select few who were privileged to go.
Since the dawn of mankind, humans have dreamed and invented miraculous things. Our written language came later, and so did our ability to write fictitious stories.
Did we doubt Homer’s talents after reading The Iliad? What about Charles Dickens’ work?
I encourage everyone to learn as much as you can. If taking English Literature, Creative Writing, or other classes help to polish your skills, then I say BRAVO! Although if you are like me and college was not attainable, don’t let that slow you down. You can gain much knowledge from the many resources available—libraries, the Internet or within a writer’s group.
Good luck!
Take care, my friends.

Negative Advice

Where I’m at Wednesday June 18, 2014

I am still moving ahead, and hoping to accomplish many great feats this week. It’s getting down to the nitty-gritty of the story. I want to be finished soon, so I will have enough time to reread, rewrite, and go over it a million times before sending it to the editor. When going back over the manuscript, I add more details or take away nonsensical issues. The work is grueling but very worth it in the end.
Hopefully next week, I will have some news.
Take care my friends.

Albert Einstein


Negative Advice

I have a confession—if you read my bio, then you know that I was terribly bullied in grade school. Their cruelty got so bad, I shutdown and failed the seventh grade. The shame and humility became overwhelming, but for some reason, I endured. Negative words can affect us in ‘who we will become’. But should you listen to them?


Rudyard Kipling –fired from his job at the San Francisco Examiner in 1889 stating: “I’m sorry Mr. Kipling, but you don’t know how to use the English language.”

          Marilyn Monroe –was told by a modeling agency that she should consider becoming secretary.


                        Elvis Presley –In 1954, the manager of the Grand Ole Opry fired him after one performance                                                                         and said: “You ain’t goin’ nowhere, son. You ought to go back to drivin’ a truck.”


Walt Disney –was fired for “the lack of imagination”.


           Oprah Winfrey –fired from her job as a television reporter because she was “unfit for T.V.”


                         Fred Astaire –In his first screen test, the testing director of MGM noted that Astaire “Can’t act.                                                           Can’t sing. Slightly bald. Can dance a little.”


Thomas Edison –a teacher said he was “too stupid to learn anything”.


             Albert Einstein –told at school “you will never amount to anything”.


What drove these people not to listen to the discouraging words?
Could you imagine a world where Walt Disney listened to the negativity?
Or Oprah thought she was unfit for television?
What if Albert Einstein felt that he wouldn’t amount to anything?
Some of us are still fighting ghosts of dragons long ago; haunting to remind us of our inadequacies. This post isn’t directed just toward the writers, but whatever you do in life. I, too, have heard the exact same words, “you will never amount to anything”. I know in my heart that I would do anything to prove them wrong. Keep fighting the fight, and remember those words don’t define who YOU are. 


Big Words

Where I’m at Wednesday June 11, 2014

I have been so busy this week! You wouldn’t believe half the stuff that I’ve researched. Poland is an amazing country–rich with culture, architecture, and history. I am in love.

Wawel Hill Krakow, Poland



Warsaw University Library (Warsaw, Poland)




Bear Cave Kletno, Poland


Bear Cave Kletno, Poland



Dragon’s Den Krakow, Poland



I am also glad to report that the end to The Omphalos of Delphi is within my grasp. I still have a ways to go, but most of the main issues have been resolved. I’ll admit that alternating between the three separate stories got too cumbersome. Now, I’m focusing on each one individually without interference. After they are finished,  I will then interweave them together. This process has helped immensely.
Currently, I am writing chapters 24, 25, and 27, but things are moving faster even with the amount of research I did.





Big words may sound nice, but don’t get so carried away that you lose people’s interest. Years ago, I knew someone who felt big words would reflect on their education. To them, being known as an intellectual was more important than getting a point across. I try to lean in the opposite direction.
Educating the reader gently is more effective than to make them stop reading just to focus on a specific word. Your story should have a sound backbone, and not waste the reader’s time with arrogant fluff.