If you’re trying to be a serious writer, there are some things that you should know to avoid going wrong. Here are some common mistakes.
Self-Publishing is now pretty much an acceptable way to get a book out to an author’s target audience. But self-publishing and successful self-publishing may be two different things. Following are some (hopefully) useful thoughts.
The subjunctive mood can be very confusing, and many people don’t use it, or if they do, they may misuse it. Following is some information to (hopefully) create clarity.
The word somehow is often just filler in a manuscript. Take the sentence
The statue was somehow not what Jane had expected.
Jane was obviously expecting the statue to be different from what she saw. But somehow doesn’t reveal what or why.
When your writing includes the word people, who are you referring to? The problem is people is not very specific.
What’s wrong with the following sentence? “She looks better than me.” The clue is a missing verb at the end: “She looks better than me (looks).” What’s the solution? Read on.
The word thing is often used in speech and writing as a convenient substitute for perhaps a more accurate word. But if it’s used too often, it can reduce the impact of otherwise good writing.
It is not the shortest word in English, but it is pretty close. On the other hand, it is used fairly often. Do the previous sentences make the point? The first use is the main one, and each of the other two refers back to, and is a substitute for, that first occurrence. But it can be overused, as these sentences also demonstrate.
There are a number of important steps an author needs to go through in order to successfully self-publish. Here are some of them.
Following are a number of brief ideas to (hopefully) make you a better writer.