on May 19th, 2014 at 9:01 PM
A while back, one of the members of Silver Pen (Silver Pen Writers’ Association) asked a question about using names, addresses, telephone numbers, and various other personal ID numbers (social security numbers, driver’s license numbers, etc.) in fiction. The person wanted to know what could and could not be used. I thought this an interesting topic and copied my response to use later in the blog.
on May 12th, 2014 at 8:00 PM
Okay, I struggled with a title of this post. I thought of “Possessives for Dummies,” but didn’t want to risk a lawsuit from the Dummies folks who have that trademarked. Likewise, “Possessives for Idiots” was a candidate, but I’m fairly sure that set of titles is likewise trademarked. I know, it’s only a blog post, but in this litigious world, even us little guys are targets.
Then I considered “Possessives for Pinbrains,” but I didn’t want to insult any of our readers. In the end, I went with something neutral and more politically correct instead of saying, “IT’S MINE (possessive pronoun) AND I’LL DO WHATEVER THE F- I PLEASE!”
Calm thyself, Rick…
The purpose of this post is to help writers avoid confusing plurals and possessives and to teach when to use and when not to use apostrophes with these.
on May 5th, 2014 at 8:26 PM
Okay, so now you’ve written your story. You’ve found your focus (or theme), you’ve shown instead of telling, and you found a balance of action, dialogue and description. You even got critiques so you edited, revised, and polished your story so it shines. Now what?
Now you need to submit. Sound scary?
Everyone has a fear of being rejected. But at some point you’re going to have to let your “baby” go. Stories need to be submitted or you’ll never know how good you really are. There are very few things in this world that are for sure: death, taxes, and if you don’t submit, you’ll never get accepted.
After having submitted stories and being accepted, I was told by one editor that I needed to learn how to write. Well, you’re learning every day of your life, so maybe I had some things to learn, but I knew I was a good writer. This editor just didn’t see my potential. Or maybe it wasn’t that. Maybe I was writer number 100 to submit a story that just wasn’t quite what that editor was looking for. Maybe he/she was just having a bad day. I’m still submitting and getting bummed over rejections and overjoyed at acceptances.