Last year, I ‘won’ NaNoWriMo, but my story had veered off course. I tried to push through to an ending, but by the end of March, it was so far off from where I wanted it to be, I knew I was fighting a losing battle.
Now, not all stories that go off course are wrong. Sometimes the story takes the lead and brings you to better things than you ever expected.
But, for me? This wasn’t the story I wanted to tell.
So, I set it aside, polished some rough drafted short stories, beta-read for some friends, and read a lot of books. I gave my story breathing room to percolate in my head and I waited til now to pull this technique out of my toolbox.
recommending getting rid of your adverbs. So, let’s do a quick grammar refresher and see exactly how to do this for your writing.
If you ask one-hundred writers the proper use of commas, you’ll likely get one-hundred-and one (or more) answers. The grammar rules might not have changed much, but the editorial preferences sure have.
Now, this post may get a bit more grammatically technical than usual, but I hope you’ll hang in for the ride.
Memorial Day weekend, I usually hit up Balticon, Maryland’s regional Sci-fi and fantasy con, hit 30 panels, and meet tons of people.
This year is different.
In-person gatherings are banned. And? This time, I’m involved. A LOT more involved.
There are writers who take feedback well, but there are plenty who don’t. Try not to make these mistakes.