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Misconceptions About Action

September 17, 2012 Leave a comment

Writers know about the concept of “rising action”. At least, they better. It’s one of the fundimental building blocks of stroy telling. You build from your opening scene to a climax and then wind down with a resolution in the end. The problem is that too many people seem to not understand what action actually is. If you don’t, you can get into a lot of trouble.

A while back, I wrote an ariticle titled X + Y *C Does Not Equal A Good Story. I talked about a very unsuccessful author friend of mine who claimed to have the secret formula to writing hit novels. The fact that his two published novels have sold a grand total of just over 200 copies should tell you how surefire this formula is.

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Words of the Day – kishke & hawse

September 16, 2012 Leave a comment

kish·ke
noun \ˈkish-kə\

Definition of KISHKE

: beef or fowl casing stuffed (as with meat, flour, and spices) and cooked Read more…

Word of the day – gault

September 7, 2012 Leave a comment

gault
Pronunciation: \ˈgȯlt\
Function: noun
Etymology: perhaps of Scandinavian origin; Read more…

Today’s Word Of The Day – Obdurate

September 5, 2012 Leave a comment

ob·du·rate
adj
\ˈäb-də-rət, -dyə-; äb-ˈdu̇r-ət, əb-, -ˈdyu̇r-\

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Myth Busted: Passive Voice Is Not Significantly Harder To Read/Comprehend

August 29, 2012 Leave a comment

Are passive voice sentences really harder to read?  I hear this a lot as a reason to not use, or to at least use sparingly, the passive voice in writing.  So I decided to do a little test.  I took a series of sentences and wrote them in both the passive and active voice.  I then checked their readability statistics using Microsoft Word’s native tool for this.

Example 1: 

Active: “I mailed the letter.”

Flesch Reading Ease: 97

Flesch-Kincade Grade Level: 0.7 Read more…

Today’s Word of the Day – Hoary

August 28, 2012 Leave a comment

hoary (adjective) \ˈhȯr-ē\

1 : gray or white with or as if with age
2 : extremely old : ancient <hoary legends>

Today’s BONUS word of the day – jolie laide

August 20, 2012 Leave a comment

Ok, I know I already gave a word of the day, but here’s a bonus one!  Jolie laide!

foreign term \zhȯ-lē-led\ Read more…

Today’s word of the day – hispid

August 20, 2012 Leave a comment

In keeping within finding odd, underused words, today, I present you with the word hispid.

adj \ˈhis-pəd\ Read more…

Word Of The Day – hirsute

August 17, 2012 Leave a comment

hir·sute

adj \ˈhər-ˌsüt, ˈhir-, ˌhər-ˈ, hir-ˈ\

More Great Lines From The Black Company

August 10, 2012 Leave a comment

Yes, I confess, I love reading Glen Cook’s Chronicles of the Black Company. Croaker, the character who tells the story is just so over the top in the way he observes things. Normally, overly flowery rhetoric bores me. But, in this book it just works. I don’t know why. You just believe that he really sees things this way.

So, here are some more of my favorite overdone lines: Read more…