A checklist for editing your stories.
No need to thank me.
Résumé or resume? Oh, accents.
And who invented resumes anyway? Or CVs? Curriculum vitae. I struggled to spell there.
Portfolios rule. Struggled to spell again.
Resumes are just manipulated pieces of paper.
My spelling game is a disaster. Explains why I’ve never won a spelling bee. And never will.
If you are struggling to meet your word count, try…
Spelling out contractions.
Works very well for academic writing. Not so much for dialogue in stories. But desperate times call for desperate measures.
Spelling out numbers.
One thousand four hundred and sixty eight. Seven words right there. I can count.
Use five dollar words.
This goes against everything you know? Well, that’s life for you.
Use five cent words.
Every word is another word. But remember, not all words are equal.
Open a thesaurus.
Then proceed to replace one word with two, three, ten even.
Keep the thesaurus open.
See how many synonyms you can string together in a sentence.
Do not hyphenate.
Rebel. Refuse. Resist.
Do not combine words.
Rain bow. Snow man. Sun shine.
Forget you read any of this. Forget I even wrote it. Forget about my blog.
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Writers are right more often than they are not. If you want a statistic, they are right 99.9 percent of the time. Says who? Says me. The writer. And this isn’t one of those 00.1 percent instances where I’m wrong.
But if you still don’t believe me, here’s a list of reasons.
Am I right or am I right?
Regardless of whether you’re a writer or not, I take you more seriously if…
I’ve been meaning to write about procrastination for quite some time. I figured I’d put a twist on it. And this is what happened.
While I love blogging and writing with an indescribable passion, some days I do everything possible not to pick up a pencil or create a new post. Somehow I manage to do both almost every day. Even during those pesky moments when stringing together a coherent sentence is the last thing on my mind. The art of evasion (read: procrastination) is a broad topic. Meaning I’m going to break it up and give you a manageable amount of information every day. Sound good? Even if you’re shaking your head right now, I can’t physically see you. So I’m giving you permission to avoid my blog for a few days if you are bored already. Bravo to you if you choose to blog or write instead of reading the rest of this post.
For those of you who made the sorry mistake of sticking around, it isn’t too late to back out. But once you’re in, you’re not getting out. It’s like being in quicksand. You’re sinking deeper and deeper the longer you’re here. Anyhow, I digress. I haven’t in such a long time, it feels good to stray away from my point. Frankly, I haven’t had the time to digress.
OK, moving on to the million dollar question…which do you avoid more: blogging or writing?
Between the two I think I put off writing more often. My reasons are as follows. Blogging is easier for me. I have less pressure to impress. I don’t need to employ perfect spelling and grammar all the time. And I don’t take blogging as seriously. Why suck the fun out of something that’s meant to be enjoyable? Am I right or right?
I have so much to say but I’ll save it for tomorrow. For now, you should tell me which one you evade more often. I’d love to hear your answer and your reason(s).
Have a great day. Try to do both today!
Buying something with a blatant spelling or grammar mistake on it.
I don’t care that this is done deliberately some of the time. Buying a shirt with a misspelled word on it goes against my morals.
Crazy, aren’t I?