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Grammar it up!

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Grammar

Grammar can be an Achilles’ heel to many writers.

With today’s technology some programs aid in problematic areas; however, it is wise to understand the proper usages.

I will provide some awesome websites, so you can brush-up on those difficult areas.

 

My good friend & editor has an amazing website which offers writers a variety of helpful tips:

 

EditingAddict

 

I have also included other websites that will help you Grammar it up!  

 

Writing Forward

 

Guide to Grammar and Writing

 

Grammar Book

 

Grammarly

 

Purdue Online Writing Lab

 

Grammar Blog

 

Lousy Writer

 

Daily Grammar

 

Chicago Manual Of Style

 

Grammar Girl

 

Dr. Grammar

 

Grammar Bytes

 

I hope these help you.

Take care, my friends. 🙂

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Reflections & Resolutions

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After taking a break for the holidays, I am ready embark on a New Year. During this time most of us tend to reflect on the past and make resolutions for the new.

 

January is named after the Roman god Janus that had two faces. One face looked back on the prior year, and the other looked forward.

Janus

 

 

Looking back, we can see our accomplishments, failures, and pinnacle turns in our lives. Some of us had a great year, while others did not. We are in a constant state of education. Reflect on your triumphs and learn from your mistakes.

 

 

I know—for a FACT—it’s not easy to keep resolutions. Shoot, I already broke one the next day. I promised my family that I wouldn’t go on Facebook but [maybe] once a month. And the following day, I was checking my status, posting funny things, and in a private chat with friends. Failing miserably doesn’t make you a horrible person. After all, experts say it takes 21 days to form a habit.

 

This New Years, stick-to a routine of writing everyday. Even if you can spare a few minutes per day it’s better than nothing. By the end of January, you could be working more than a few minutes, and have developed a habit.

 

Buy a new calendar and mark every day you complete the task.

 

You can do this!

I have faith in you.

 

Happy New Year!

 

Take care, my friends.

Love Thy Editor

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Love Thy Editor- a writer’s commandment.

 

This advice is crucial.

 

A good editor is worth their weight in gold. Seriously! You should kiss their feet, lavish him or her with gifts, and cherish them dearly.

 

Good editors offer sound advice, point out inconsistencies, correct spelling, grammar, and punctuation errors. But they, most importantly, push you toward a higher potential.

 

When making corrections, they give a thorough explanation from which you can learn. They compliment your strengths, guide you through your weaknesses, and do not hesitate to tell you where you need help.

 

A good editor wants to prevent you from making the same mistakes.

 

Sometimes their advice can be upsetting, especially when rewrites are necessary, however, they will nurture you through the process, and be sensitive to your work.

 

I have heard horror stories of rogue editors changing-up the story, complaining about word selections, deducting important subject matter, and nitpicking the author’s choice of character names. These aren’t what an editor does. If they are too opinionated about your work that has nothing to do with their job, you should consider finding a different editor.

 

If you’re lucky enough to find an awesome editor take him or her out to lunch or grab their favorite beverage. After all, they are your greatest allies.

 

Take care, my friends.

 

 

Research to Write

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Research

 

Writing fiction has some advantages—whatever you don’t know, you have the option to make-up. However, when writing historical fiction that doesn’t always apply.

Research can be rewarding, educating, and exciting. But, it can also be tedious, time consuming, and a lot of work.

For the non-fiction authors, research is unavoidable. Even when writing an autobiography, you will need to research for minor details.

 

My first novel was about a secret military for hire. I had to study the terminology, training, and early usages of performance-enhancing drugs. My journey of research led me to several armies throughout history, and the strategies of combat. It was fascinating.

 

In my second book, the trail of research went cold. I could not find anything (at that time) pertaining to the Samburu tribe of Africa. I purposely chose this particular tribe because of their many attributes coincided with my story. Finally, I found a pamphlet through the Smithsonian Institute. A man, who lived with the Samburu tribe for over 15 years, wrote it. The pamphlet answered many questions, but when other problems arose I had to make comparisons with another well-known tribe. I spent four solid months of research alone before writing the novel.

 

The Sphere of Archimedes required some research on physics, history, and various locations.

 

My latest (soon-to-be) novel The Omphalos of Delphi has superseded any of my previous stories. Studying Roman, Greek, and Assyrian history, learning about different lands, and tracing an actual sphere throughout time has been more challenging. The story starts off in Greenland, so I had to study all about the terrain, equipment, even specific breeds of huskies. I did extensive research on sledding, survival in frigid climates, and several scientific research stations based in Greenland. It became exhausting! Then my characters travel to Ireland and Poland. I diligently investigated each location. I will admit that this project grew overwhelming in research; I had to step away for a bit.

 

Don’t get me wrong, I love research and think it is important to drive the story home. Adding true facts can “WOW!” a reader, even when writing science fiction or fantasy. To me, it makes the story more tangible. However, if you over-indulge in research, it may cause you to give up. And we don’t want that, do we?

 

Take care, my friends.