Category Archives: Writing rules

Grammar, usage, style, etc

Nothing common about commonsense


NothingĀ irritatesĀ me more than commonsense bloopers, especially in a public forum like the internet where every second person is a genius of knowledge about the “real” world. I just read an article on resume writing that claimed to have the “tips … Continue reading

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Another bogus writing rule


I used to have a rule of not discussing my current writing projects because I believed it was bad luck, a jinx. Now that I’ve grown up I can see the value of discussing those projects with anyone who will … Continue reading

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Writing rules: what to ignore and what to follow


Like any craft there are rules for prose writing. There are formal grammar rules, but there are also other rules for fiction, some good, some slightly ridiculous. I’ve selected a few rules to demonstrate that the rules of writing are … Continue reading

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Fact or fallacy: Write what you know


I’ve gotten myself into such a state with my novel that the whole process has stalled in a spectacular way. Here’s whats happening: The character I thought was the main character turns out to be a sidekick to the character … Continue reading

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Brutal murders and crumbling ruins


What do the following phrases have in common? unsuspecting victims running fast crumbling ruins close scrutiny terrible tragedy absolutely perfect fully utilise completely happy especially important boundless infinity and my personal favourites: dead body brutal murder They’re all pleonasms, that … Continue reading

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