The American English vocabulary we know and love today originally came from England, and neighboring European countries that learned King’s English. But there is still a monumental amount of difference between terms used in the U.K, and the ones used in western culture. If you look at some of them, you’ll see they could cause misunderstandings, and create embarrassing situations. They will also make a writer look like a complete idiot when trying to interpret King’s English and put it into their story. If you’re a writer, it’s a good idea to know these terms, so that you don’t use them incorrectly whenever introducing a British character or setting.
Writing Wednesday: Your Writing Space
There’s an interesting dilemma with writing in terms of where you write, and how it affects your work. Some people are less influenced by this, and can write almost anywhere, but some are flaunted by the smallest inconsistency at their desk. Some people don’t even know that they’re work is being affected, especially those who are just beginning. The smallest, teeny-tiniest thing could be getting to you, and you may not even realize how much it affects your writing.
Writing Tips: Sharpening Your Mental Pencil
“I am approaching the heart of this book with two theses, both simple. The first, is that good writing consists of mastering the fundamentals (vocabulary, grammar, the elements of style) and then filling the third level of your toolbox with the right instruments. The second is that while it is impossible to make a competent writer out of a bad writer, and while it is equally impossible to make a great writer out of a good one, it is possible, with lots of hard work, dedication, and timely help, to make a good writer out of a merely competent one.” -Stephen King, On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft.
I wanted to start with this passage for two simple reasons. One, is that it’s true, and the second is that it’s a great highlighter for the phrase: practice makes perfect. Continue reading
Have you ever felt like you were losing control?
The character in the story I’m about to tell you certainly has. His whole life has been flipped upside down, and it seems the road he’s on is full of side roads, and junctions, yet he refuses to turn off. There’s something powerful keeping him in the seat, and it binds him; forcing him to tag along on a journey that once was his own. Continue reading
What makes a good book?
Is it plot line, or prose? Is it funny or smart anecdotes along the way?
It is, and it isn’t, all of these things, plus a bit more. You need a good plot, and you need to have a decent prose. At the least, you should be able to write good enough to know the basic rules. Adverbs are hell, personification is to be used lightly; dialogue tags should be simple – and all that other jazz you hear people discuss. Continue reading
As far back as we modern society can recall, the languages used have always had a certain set of words that are considered offensive, vulgar, or downright despicable to use in public. Continue reading
Writing Tips: Writer’s Block
This wouldn’t be a writing blog if this topic wasn’t discussed at one point or another. This is a question all writers tackle at one point in their careers, but everyone who has been doing it for long enough has found their own ways to avoid it, or at least manage it. Today I’m going to go over some of my own ways to combat writer’s block, and some other suggestions I’ve come across in discussion groups.