Sep 24 2012

Why I Post “Words Of The Day”

Posted by Mathias

Some people have asked me why I post “words of the day” entries on this site. Especially words that seem to give your spellchecker fits as it marks them with annoying red underlines.

Examples:
Words of the day: sclaff & lassitude
Words of the Day: kishke & hawse (more…)

Sep 17 2012

Misconceptions About Action

Posted by Mathias

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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Aug 08 2012

Another Word For A Short Space Of Time …

Posted by Mathias

Instead of saying “a moment”, to denote  a short space of time, how about and interstice

(noun) \in-ˈtər-stəs\ (more…)

Jul 30 2012

Inure – Monday’s $10 Word!

Posted by Mathias

inure

transitive verb
: to accustom to accept something undesirable <children inured to violence>
intransitive verb
: to become of advantage <policies that inure to the benefit of employees>