on September 29th, 2014 at 8:53 PM
Last year I did a post on verb tenses. Recently a question came up regarding this subject, and I saw that the previous post had not covered this particular issue.
In that post I discussed past tense narratives and gave an example of slipping between past and present tense, but I did not talk about writing narratives in present tense. I have mentioned present tense from time to time here and pointed out that not all readers like such narratives.
on September 22nd, 2014 at 8:49 PM
by Rick Taubold and Kellee Kranendonk
For this week’s blog, I decided to build on another great article Kellee wrote for Silver Blade magazine. What I’m going to do is use Kellee’s article as a base, selectively choosing relevant pieces of it, and adding my own stuff in with it. I’ll try to give Kellee the credit for her parts.
KELLEE: There can’t be enough articles on using the correct words. Especially in an age when young people learn to text before they learn to spell. If all you’re ever going to do send text messages, then spelling doesn’t matter. But the chances are great that somewhere, sometime you will have to spell something correctly or use the proper word. I don’t buy into that old motto most teachers use: “Look it up in the dictionary.” If you don’t know how to spell it, how can you find it in the dictionary? Try “psycology” (psychology) or “nife” (knife).
on September 15th, 2014 at 9:10 PM
by Kellee Kranendonk
From Rick: This post is an excellent follow-up to Kellee’s post last week on crafting a marketable story. Here, Kellee gives you some ideas on how to categorize the story you’ve just written. This can be important both when trying to sell your story to a publisher/magazine or if you self-publish. Putting your story in the right category or categories will help potential readers to find your work. So, it’s a part of good marketing and promotion.
FAIR WARNING: This post might have your head spinning halfway through it.