Resource Thursday: Let’s Talk Grammar

 

I pride myself on my nearly impeccable grammar.

Did you know I was once the Southwest Regional Grammar Rodeo Champion? (Please, no autographs) That’s not to say I don’t make the occasional typo or write something that’s probably right but just looks wrong.

Sometimes, after a night of keyboard tapping, the eyes get bleary and the brain gets fuzzy and the dumb sets in. Here’s a great set of references for when this happens to you:

The proper use of it’s and its

This one’s a catch-all that covers a lot of stuff

Proper use of quotation marks

The Penal Code of Punctuation

The Use of Tense in Writing

Hope you get some use out of those!

 

 

 

Writing Rituals And Why We Need Them

When I first started trying to write seriously, I’d sit down on my couch with my laptop, switch on the TV and carelessly peck at the keys for an hour or so. Sometimes I’d get into a groove and hammer out 2,000 words at a pop, and sometimes I was lucky if I clocked 200 in a night.

Then I realized this was not a stellar plan for actually finishing a book, and I started looking for ways to get in that groove and stay there. Or close to there.

And now I have rituals. I don’t do this every time I write, but I do most of this stuff regularly and I do it religiously when I’ve got a deadline coming up.

Here’s what works for me: Continue reading

So Here’s What I’m Working On Next…The Elemental Series

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I’m in final edits for Someday In Dublin, which means the greater majority of that book is in the can. Whew! And now I can really begin hammering out the next project – The Elemental Destiny Series.

This is going to be a four part work – four individual full-length novels with protagonists based on their affinity for one of the four elements: Earth, Air, Fire and Water. They won’t be releasing in that order – it’s more like Air, Water, Earth and Fire, but you get the gist of it.

Each of these characters lives partly in the supernatural world, though they are very firmly rooted in present-day earth. I’ve been kicking this one around for a good, long while, outlining and reworking the outline and fleshing it out.

One of my biggest complaints about The Seeder Saga (and I can’t help but think it was an issue for the readers) is that Books 1 & 2 are essentially stand-alone books, up until their final chapters. That’s mainly because when I wrote the first one, I hadn’t really planned for a trilogy, and then I was halfway into book two and could only hint at the plot of book three by introducing you to its hero in a passing manner.

Everything comes together in book three, with a lot of great callbacks and visits to our friends in books one and two, but they don’t really have the cohesive feel I’d like out of a series.

This one will have that, and an intricately woven plot that centers around a series of mysteries that reveal themselves through the course of the series, culminating in life-or-death decisions that will affect the entire human race.

This one is going to take a while to churn out, but it’ll be worth it, I promise. In the meantime, you’ll have Somewhere In Dublin, and I’ll toss a few more novellas your way to keep your blood pumping, I promise.

Off to work I go!