Tag Archives: The Art of Writing

Grammar For Beginners: All About Adjectives By Amanda Patterson

Over the next few months, I will be writing a Grammar For Beginners series. I am starting with parts of speech. What Are Parts Of Speech? Language is made up of different words with different functions. These words are are … Continue reading

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Stephen King’s Top 20 Rules For Writers

Image by the USO, via Flickr Commons In one of my favorite Stephen King interviews, for The Atlantic, he talks at length about the vital importance of a good opening line. “There are all sorts of theories,” he says, “it’s … Continue reading

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John Grisham and the Writing Process

I’m alway curious about how excellent writers write. Grisham’s Writing Tips 1) Starts every year on January 1st with the goal of being done by July (most of the work is done by March). 2) Writes 5 days per week. … Continue reading

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The A to Zen of a Writer’s Life By Chris Breechen

A while back I saw a poster called the “A to Zen of Life.”  It had “Dali Lama” written across it in cursive so I know it was totally legitimate Dali Lama quotes.  I thought that an “A to Zen … Continue reading

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The Proper Grammatical Use of a Colon

Colon The colon has primarily three grammatical uses and several non-grammatical uses. Introducing a list The colon is used to introduce a list of items. The bookstore specializes in three subjects: art, architecture, and graphic design. Do not, however, use … Continue reading

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Cutting It A Bit Short, Aren’t We? By Peter Leavell

Minimalism. Cool. There’s a place. Right here. Right now. Know when the bite must strike. Know when words must drift, a riddle in a middle school, from ears to lips. Art. Words. Games. Minimalism. Exhausting. Done. When a book is … Continue reading

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Should You Use a Comma After “But”? By Marko Ticak

Usually, the only time you should use a comma after “but” is when “but” is followed by a parenthetical element. Use a comma before “but” if it’s at the beginning of an independent clause. Playing fast and loose with your … Continue reading

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