I bet you've seen a lot of bad writing on the web. I know I have. When I come across a website with low quality writing, I automatically form a negative opinion of the company. Even when the website is otherwise well-designed and the leader has decades of experience, if the copy is hackwork, I look elsewhere.
I answered this question on Quora today and I thought I'd share it here too: "What is the active form of the baby was bought a doll by her?" I think she's talking about active vs. passive voiceHey there! It took me a while to decipher your question, but I think you meant: "I wrote … Continue reading This Doll Could’ve Been Murdered by Passive Voice, if Its Weapon Had Any Sentence Structure
Another blogger asked me about this last week, so I decided to dedicate this week's Writerly Wednesday to apostrophes. This little piece of punctuation seems to trip a lot of writers up, so let's look at scenarios in which you would, or would not, use an apostrophe.
This week's lesson is about quick and easy fixes that will make your writing flow better. Here's my list: 1.Avoid echoes. An echo is when you use the same word (or very similar words) more than once in close proximity. For example:
Here's one from Louis L'Amour: “Start writing, no matter what. The water does not flow until the faucet is turned on.” ― Louis L'Amour
It only takes a few words to get started. Happy writing everyone!
An interesting point from fantasy writer Sir Terry Pratchett: "You can't build a plot out of jokes. You need tragic relief. And you need to let people know that when a lot of frightened people are running around with edged weaponry, there are deaths. I'm not writing 'The A Team'--if there's a fight going on, … Continue reading Writing Quote Tuesday
Love this week's quote, from Neil Gaiman:
And because my daughters and I are completely enraptured by A Wrinkle in Time at the moment, today's quote comes from the great Madeleine L'Engle: “You have to write the book that wants to be written. And if the book will be too difficult for grown-ups, then you write it for children.” ― Madeleine L'Engle Beautiful!
Today's quote comes from the great Oscar Wilde: “Those who find ugly meanings in beautiful things are corrupt without being charming. This is a fault. Those who find beautiful meanings in beautiful things are the cultivated. For these there is hope. They are the elect to whom beautiful things mean only Beauty. There is no … Continue reading Writing Quote Tuesday