You many be at home unable to go to work, but do not despair. For those writers who usually work full time, take this opportunity to let those creative juices flow. That novel you couldn’t find the time to finish, do it now. Find the silver lining in the midst of this battle. Keep your mind occupied. It will ease some of the stress. Keep safe. Good luck and happy writing.
This quote from Bernard Malamud describes first drafts perfectly.
First drafts are for learning what your novel is about. Revision is working with that knowledge to enlarge and enhance an idea to re-form it. The first draft of a book is the most uncertain-where you need guts, the ability to accept the imperfect until it is better.Bernard Malamud
It doesn’t matter how bad your first draft is, or how many errors you make. No one will see it but you. When you have that burst of inspiration and the words flow faster than you can type or write them, don’t stop to correct a spelling or a punctuation, just write. Don’t try to make every sentence or ever paragraph perfect. As John Dufresne says, “The purpose of the first draft is not to get it right, but to get it written.“
When writing dialogue, keep it short and meaningful. Do not write long drawn out sentences that are unnecessary. Your dialogue should be consistent with your character’s voice. It should be clear to the reader who the person is speaking to. The words should flow naturally. When in doubt that your dialogue sounds natural, read it out load. Good luck and happy writing.
Today we will look at two more words that sounds the same but is slightly different in meaning . They are COMPLACENT and COMPLAISANT
COMPLACENT: means showing smugness or uncritical satisfaction about one’s self. Self-satisfied or conceited.
COMPLAISANT: means the willingness to please others. Being obliging or agreeable
Everyday try to build your vocabulary. Good luck and happy writing.
As a writer vocabulary is important. You need to have a grasp on words, their meanings and how to use them to convey the message you want. Today words on vocabulary corner sound the same but have different meanings. They are COMPLIMENT and COMPLEMENT.
A Compliment is an expression of praise or admiration. For example: Susan your hair looks beautiful today.
Complement on the other hand means a thing that completes another. It enhances it or improves it. For example: The red jacket complements her dress.
Good luck and happy writing.
As the threat of Coronavirus become more evident people are engaging in panic buying stocking on commodities from food to household cleaning items.
Uncertainty is part of the reason for this increased shopping. I can understand people wanting to make sure they have enough food supply in case they have to quarantine. What I cannot understand is the unnecessary shopping for toilet paper. What is the link between toilet paper and the virus. I saw one incident where one individual whi had a trolley full of cases of toilet paying engaged in a fight with anothet individual who just wanted one case. Can toilet paper cure the virus? This is so confusing. The bottom line is we all need to think of each other.
As a writer it is important to value your craft and take pride in your work. Along with proper grammar and punctuation, correct formatting is also important to make your book readable. I once had a fellow writer who was promoting her book on Face Book. I went on Amazon to check it out and realized it had no proper formatting. Sentences ran into each other with no separation or paragraphs. It was unreadable. I reached out to the person via private message relaying what I had discovered and was shocked when the individual acknowledged that she was aware of it. I found it mind-boggling that someone would promote a book knowing it was next to impossible to read. Weeks later when I checked back it remained the same.
There is no point in publishing a book if no one can read it. Do not make that mistake. Good luck and happy writing.