I consider myself to be a girl who knows her apostrophes. But this one has got me beat.
Rise or Raise?
Common Mistake People confuse these two verbs, and often use rise when they mean raise. EG: Rise Raise your weight bar above your head. Rise Use rise when you’re talking about something/someone going or getting up. You don’t need a noun after the word rise. EG: I rise at the crack of noon. The escalator rises sharply. Zombies will rise. The sun has… Continue reading Rise or Raise?
Get On With The Book
So perhaps the best thing to do is to stop writing Introductions and get on with the book. ~ A.A. Milne, Winnie-the-Pooh
That’s Not Writing, That’s Typing
Truman Capote on Jack Kerouac: That’s not writing, that’s typing. Image via.
Averse or Adverse?
Common Mistake People confuse these two words and use adverse when they mean averse. EG: I’m not adverse averse to a good argument. Averse Use averse when you want to say someone is against something or disinclined to do something. It describes a person’s attitude. EG: He’s risk-averse. I’m not averse to a good argument. Adverse Use adverse… Continue reading Averse or Adverse?
Does Grammar Matter?
Does it matter if you say your when you mean you’re? Or its instead of it’s? Stephen Fry On Language Here’s a wonderful speech to hear by Stephen Fry, made delightful to watch by Matthew Rogers. There’s no right language or wrong language any more than there are right or wrong clothes. Context, convention, and circumstance are all. Write… Continue reading Does Grammar Matter?
The First Draft Of Anything Is Shit
The first draft of anything is shit.
The Oxford Comma
What Is The Oxford Comma? The Oxford Comma is the final comma before the word ‘and’ in a list. EG I like apples, bananas, and peaches. Why Use It? Omitting the Oxford comma in the list above would be fine. But leaving it out of some lists can cause confusion. EG: I visited my friends,… Continue reading The Oxford Comma
By All Means, Write
As often as I can I do Julia Cameron‘s Morning Pages. Well, usually it’s a Morning Page. Okay an Afternoon Page. “Morning Pages are three pages of longhand, stream of consciousness writing, done first thing in the morning. *There is no wrong way to do Morning Pages*– they are not high art. They are not even… Continue reading Morning Pages