Living just east of Crazy

Humorous Homophones

Go slowly and read to the end……. Homographs are words of like spelling but with more than one meaning.  A homograph that is also pronounced differently is a heteronym. 1) The bandage was wound around the wound. 2) The farm was used to produce produce. 3) The dump was so full that it had to […]

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Beta readers – a goldmine of valuable feedback

In a previous article we talked about strategies, advantages, and pitfalls in critiquing. We all need the eyes of others to look over our work, but once the critiquing process is complete, the manuscript isn’t yet ready. It is my opinion that every manuscript should be read by non-writers. We as writers have a different […]

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Show and Tell

I like the term, ‘show and tell’ much better than ‘show don’t tell’. Telling is a part of storytelling. It doesn’t replace showing, obviously. But these two are partners. It isn’t possible to only show. Discernment is the name of the game. You, the writer, must be able to discern between what needs to be […]

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Adverbs – Halt! Friend or foe?

Adverbs are good when used with discretion. Just have another writer critique your work and the first thing that will be brought before the verbal firing squad is adverbs. Adverbs are looked upon as the enemy, but are they all bad? Halt for a moment and put them to the test. Even for experienced writers, […]

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Funny dangling and misplaced modifiers

  Animals do the strangest things. Reading a book, my cat crawled into my lap. While reading the newspaper, the cat jumped on the table. The young girl was walking the dog in a short skirt. The dog was chasing the boy with the spiked collar. The hunter crouched behind a tree waiting for a […]

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