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Have you ever noticed how some authors tend to focus too much on writing certain fiction elements, yet ignore the others? Maybe …

October 9, 2017

My favorite canine writer, Snoopy of Peanuts fame, received a boatload of rejection slips in his pursuit of a publisher over …

July 26, 2017

Hey guys, I wanted to kick this whole thing off by welcoming you to the ranks. (Though I’m sure some of you …

July 23, 2017

This month at Grammar and Grace we’re studying adjectives. Adjectives are words that tell something about a noun or a pronoun. An …

July 18, 2017

I am a binge writer. I always have been, and I probably always will be. What is a binge writer you ask? A binge …

July 3, 2017

As languages go, English is fairly young. It’s been about 1400 years since the Anglo-Saxons imported English into Great Britain. And the …

June 27, 2017

  A pronoun is a word that can take the place of a noun in a sentence which means pronouns can work …

June 17, 2017

A number of grammatical faux pas can be attributed to faulty hearing. I’m not implying that any of you are going deaf, …

May 27, 2017

This time we’ll discuss nouns. Nouns can be common or proper. A common noun is a person, place, or thing. A noun …

May 18, 2017

  This may seem hard to believe, but … not every question requires a question mark Click To Tweet How often don’t …

April 27, 2017

  Because spellcheck, wonderful as it may be, doesn’t catch words used improperly … And because the English language has more than …

March 27, 2017

Last time, I introduced the eight parts of speech. This time, we’ll focus on verbs. I’m beginning with the verb because to …

March 17, 2017

If you’ve been in the industry long enough then you probably know by now that the writer’s life is unpredictable, and your …

March 8, 2017
The Difference Between Comedy & Humor via www.AlmostAnAuthor.com

I read a statement once that stuck with me: All comedy has humor, but not all humor is comedy. I liked that. …

February 26, 2017

As this series draws to a close, here are a couple practical exercises you can do at home to learn and practice …

February 21, 2017
AnatomyGraysSex

Jim held a gray spheroid up to the light. “So Doc, you’re saying the sex of this alien was actually female?” “That …

February 13, 2017

As writers, we have the power to tear down the boundaries of paper and ink when we craft a description that triggers …

February 8, 2017

The autopsy window allowed Jim a clear view of the good doctor’s grim work. The gray-skinned corpse had been cut open from …

January 16, 2017

Save money. Learn theology. Become a better writer. Minister more effective. That’s my hope for you. In this second year of my …

January 10, 2017

Plenty of ink has been spilled and battles fought over the necessity and superiority of the Oxford or serial comma. After …

December 26, 2016

Save money. Learn theology. Become a better writer. Minister more effective. That’s my hope for you. In this second year of my …

December 10, 2016
Malapropisms - The Insanely Successful Yogi Berra Technique of Humor by Jean Wilund via www.AlmostAnAuthor.com

Malapropisms “When you come to a fork in the road, take it.” Say what? A malapropism sounds more like a contagious disease than …

November 24, 2016

Need a bit of insight as you ready the pen or laptop today? Consider the following from one of the greatest writers …

November 23, 2016

Writers write because we love to use words, but let’s face it––even though we say we write for ourselves, we all want …

November 22, 2016
Character Eyes

The carbine was still jammed and Jim couldn’t do anything to fix it. He finally tossed it aside and cursed the shoddy …

November 9, 2016
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