I have a dead zone in my brain. You know, that place where things you try to learn just won’t stick? If the formula for calculating percentages doesn’t dwell in mine, it’s definitely in the neighborhood. (Don’t tell my math teacher son.) Most tasks involving word usage reside in livelier areas, but one that doesn’t is the “point” referred to in the title of this post. That would be, Point-of-View—or POV if you’re into acronyms.
Best laid plans vs. vacation
I've been too busy with two little charmers to write a new post, so today I'm serving up a re-post from one year ago. It's a topic of continued relevance to me and, I hope, of some interest to you. I apologize up front because I might step on some toes today. Just know that… Continue reading Best laid plans vs. vacation
Story or character, which weighs more?
In previous posts, I’ve told you about the beta-readers who praised my work, but now I’m going to come clean. One writer, though complimentary on my writing skills, did not think my story was successful. I respected his opinion, and certainly appreciated the time he spent reading my manuscript and writing his critique, but I… Continue reading Story or character, which weighs more?
Yes, I’m angry!
PLEASE NOTE: This post is not a criticism of Elizabeth Strout's writing, which I love. It is only a rant about some arbitrary writing rules. This is the post that will probably get me in trouble. On Friday, I finally got a copy of Elizabeth Strout's Olive Kitteridge, which won a Pulitzer last year. Accessible… Continue reading Yes, I’m angry!
I was tagged twice today by fellow writers Kasie and Candice. Kasie says it's called Bookwormed. Here are the rules: 1. Open the closest book - not a favorite or most intellectual book, but the closest at the moment - to page 56. 2. Write out the fifth sentence on the page, as well as… Continue reading Literary Tag