Grammar and Punctuation Police!

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I know, I know. I hate the Grammar Police. The people who “walk” up behind you online and correct every little mistake. Sometimes we have bad days. I often get annoyed seeing their, when someone is referring to a place there (adverb) or they’re when someone means their. For instance: Their going to the club wouldn’t be grammatical because their is possessive. Instead, you would write: They’re going to the club. They’re is a contraction of the words they are.

I know my grammar is not always up to par, but I’m trying!

I will add my list of helpful Grammar tips on this post. Happy Simming!

Lay vs Lie

They’re, Their, There

Free Online Grammar Check

4 Common Grammar Mistakes You Aren’t Actually Making

All About Adjectives 

Active Voice/Passive Voice (What is it?)

How to use a semicolon (video)

10 Comma Rules (video)

Writing Skills: When to use commas with for, but, and, or yet, so (video)

Basic Punctuation: Periods, Commas, Semicolons, Colons, Apostrophes, Quotation Marks, Parentheses (video)

Learn Punctuation: period, exclamation mark, question mark (video)

Punctuation Playlist (video)

Bad Writing Habits (How to avoid them)

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We’ve all done it at some point. Maybe we think using a word instead of said will make our writing seem fancier. What about the mirror cliché? So on and so forth. This is a new section that I plan on adding to as time goes on.

Five Habits to Avoid in Fiction Writing.  This article was recommended by @Desiknight07 Thanks!

 

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This is my character bio template you can download and edit for your own characters.

Character Bio Template

 

CHARACTER BIO TEMPLATE

Name:

(Include formal and any nicknames or aliases)

Role in the story:

Age:

Sex/Gender:

Race:

Ethnicity:

Marital Status:

From:

Parents:

Siblings:

What languages do they speak?:

Where do they currently live? Describe their home/city:

Illness(es). Are they mentally or physically ill?

Physical Traits:

(Fat, skinny, tall, short?)

Social Traits:

Introvert or Extrovert?

Personality Traits:

Intelligence:

Personality Flaws, weaknesses, strengths:

Fears:  Why do they fear these things?

Dreams: What drives them?

Faith: Are they spiritual? Are they good or evil? Moral or amoral?

Background:

Childhood Traumas:

Education:

K-12, College:

Degree:

Job/Career

Career Goal:

Life Goals:

Marriage/Relationship Goals:

Hobbies:

What type of movies/TV/books do they like?

What foods do they eat?

Political Affiliation:

Personal motto or inherent belief:

Sexual Orientation:

Sexuality:

Are they promiscuous?

Are they sexual?

Monogamous?

Fetishes:

Vices:

Drugs, Stealing, etc.

***ADD YOUR OWN TO THE  LIST TO HELP DEVELOP YOUR CHARACTERS***

 

 

Punctuation Tips

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Do you ever get stumped when wondering which punctuation marks to use in your writing? I know I do. Check out some of these helpful videos and sites that can help. Happy Simming!

How to use a semicolon (video)

10 Comma Rules (video)

Writing Skills: When to use commas with for, but, and, or yet, so (video)

Basic Punctuation: Periods, Commas, Semicolons, Colons, Apostrophes, Quotation Marks, Parentheses (video)

Learn Punctuation: period, exclamation mark, question mark (video)

Punctuation Playlist (video)

What is Descriptive Writing?

Descriptive writing is a description of characters, objects, environment in your story. It awakens the five senses: Sight, Sound, Smell, Taste, Touch.

Try using sensory descriptive words.  Here’s an example from my upcoming story

VAGUE: I sat up in my dark bedroom. I felt horrible and angry. Eventually, I laid back down and started to cry.

VIVID: I sat up in my bed engulfed by the darkness, only the light from the moon illuminating the room. I felt a heavy pit in my stomach as I tried to grasp what just happened. Why do I keep allowing this happen? I wiped away a tear, angry at myself for crying. Get it together, I told myself. I laid back down in my bed, looking out the window, as the blaring sound of an ambulance whirled by. I stayed very still, trying not to feel anything, trying to be numb. If I moved my body or even one inch, I would come undone. I closed my eyes and could feel the hot tears running down my cheek and onto my pillow forming a warm puddle against my face.

See the difference? Ayana is expressing sadness because she feels heartbroken. But simply saying she felt horrible and angry wasn’t enough. Simply saying she was in a dark bedroom wasn’t enough. It’s important to paint the picture for your audience.

Check out this link:

Descriptive Writing

Creative Writing Tips

Check out these helpful tips on creative writing. Whether you are a beginner or a seasoned pro, these tips are sure to help!

Show & Tell

How to Write a Short Story

Creative Writing 101

Creative Writing Now

How to write a story

How to write a novel

 

Writer’s Haven

These are some very helpful sites for a wealth of information for writers. Information includes everything from publishing, copyright, blogging, seminars, courses, writing tips, the list goes on. Check it out!

Creative Writing Now

Now Novel 

Writers and Authors

Writer’s Digest

Write to Done

Writer’s Treasure

2017’s Best Sites for Writers

Character Development

Do you ever find yourself completely swept away by a character in a novel you’re reading or even in a movie or television show you’re watching? Well that’s because a writer (or a team of writers) took the time to make that character true to life.  Some of the most interesting characters in literature are complex characters.  They may not have the most endearing attributes, they might be a bit hypocritical, but overall they are human. I think we can all identify with our own complexities. As people we all have layers. A well written character will make you love or hate them, or maybe you can feel a bit of both. The important thing to remember is to see your characters as human and don’t worry if your readers hate them. At least your readers feel something! Happy Writing!

Character Generators

Fill in Your Character’s Bio

10 Tips for Your Character Biographies

How to Write a Character Profile

How to Write a Character Biography

8 Ways to Write Better Characters

My Character Biography Template

How Detailed Should I be When Writing a Character Bio?

Character Biography Templates

Why and How?

 

 

Story Development

These are some tips to help you in writing and developing your stories if you are using a First Person Narrative (basically “I” usage)

Tip for Effective 1st Person Writing

7 Tips for Writing Great Narratives

8 Pointers for Starting a Story in First Person

Most Common Writing Mistakes For First Person Narratives

Seven Smart Tactics for Describing a Character in First Person POV

Six Ways First Person Can Describe Themselves

First Person POV & Character Description

How to Avoid the Mirror Description

BAD WRITING HABITS (HOW TO AVOID THEM)

We’ve all done it at some point. Maybe we thinking using a word instead of said will make our writing seem fancier. What about the mirror cliché? So on and so forth. This is a new section that I plan on adding to as time goes on.

Five Habits to Avoid in Fiction Writing.  This article was recommended by @Desiknight07 Thanks!

 

 

 

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