Imagine that?

People are always asking where writers get their ideas from. I’ve written about this before, as have many other writers. But here is a twist for you; it’s also the reason my grammar is so horrendously bad.

Okay maybe not the only reason-I have a less than stellar education-put that aside for another day.  Today I want to try and explain my mind to you.

This should be interesting.

Or not…

When I am writing, whether it’s a blog such as this or as simple as my grocery list, I don’t see words before me, I see images. The pictures or visions in my mind never shut off. Even when I’m reading, which is how I can miss so many errors… I have to concentrate hard to see them.

An easy example. I wrote a grocery list as:

Zety Doritos

mixed preztezls

tomamtoses

And why would I write like that? Well my note pad doesn’t have auto-correct which I rely on heavily. And as I was writing I was seeing the burnt orange large bag of Zesty Doritos and the exact shelf they are in in the store.  Same with the mixed Pretzels, I saw the bag, which I now recall are named, Munchies, and again where they are located. For the tomatoes, I saw the big mound of almost ripe, juicy, red, tasty veggies and a few meals that required them. 

So if you catch a few missed errors (I do pay for professional editing by the way, no one is perfect) in my novels, please know it’s not that I don’t care. It’s that my imagination has the better of me, and I’m gad for it! My insane imagination creates the plots, characters, and everything that befalls them.

If only I could draw!

And what I was my mind seeing as I wrote this? Why I recalled writing the list, where I was standing, what I was wearing, who I was talking to, and laughing my ass off when I actually looked at my spelling.

That’s my story and I’m stick to it – what’s yours?

 

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Adverbs, Stephen King, and the rules.

Let’s talk a bit about grammar rules.

On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft by Stephen King,

The adverb is not your friend. 

Adverbs … are words that modify verbs, adjectives, or other adverbs. They’re the ones that usually end in -ly. Adverbs, like the passive voice, seem to have been created with the timid writer in mind…SK.

My biggest challenge as a writer is grammar. I feel like I have a grammar disability. I love to write. I love to read. In fact, I have read thousands of books over the years; too bad I haven’t been able to grasp grammar by osmosis. But I push on, give it my all, and pray my editors won’t give up on me, because I am a great story teller, (hint, hint, shameless plug).

Every time I write, some of these rules snap me out of flow and say, ‘wait, you can’t use adverbs remember!’  and I have to stop and try to re-work the sentence to fit. Many times, I give up and tell myself I’ll fix it before editing.

Imagine my shock when I decided to re-read one of my all-time favorites, The Talisman by King and Peter Straub, and I noticed this page littered with adverbs.

12 of them on page 51

Quickly

Really

Wanly

Slowly

Sharply

Mostly

Utterly rational and utterly lucid (back to back in the same sentence)

Hardly

Quietly

Barely

Clearly

Okay so what does this mean to me? Or you? Uh…rules are meant to be broken!

Also, I don’t think Mr. King was being a stickler, but perhaps teaching newbies to pay attention to their writing? If I’m lucky, he’ll get wind of this little blog and come chime in 😊  Yes wishful thinking, but stranger things have happened. Ramsey Campbell wished me a happy birthday! FAN GIRLING

Anyways I digress. I found this great blog from someone with a strong grasp in the art of grammar, and it helped me understand a bit more about the rules.

https://www.enchantingmarketing.com/how-to-use-adverbs/

I hope this helps any others who tackle the same struggles I do. Drop a line, let me know what you think.

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Which word works

Did you know that words become outdated?

Well, sure slang like, Daddy-o, 23 Skidoo, and cool-beans, wear their welcome. But I’m talking regular words, and they are listed as archaic when certain grammar programs find them.

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I’d like to know when I became old enough that the language I used was labeled as ARCHAIC – jeez I’m not grandma Moses over here!

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One of the benefits of the new grammar assistant programs, I use the paid version of Grammarly and it helps me a ton with comma usage and spelling. Sometimes it tells me my langue is archaic.

https://app.grammarly.com/?affiliateNetwork=ho&affiliateID=8359&utm_source=program

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And I’m saying, “NO come on,” these words are still used every day – at least by me, some are. Hey, I used the three top words here in one poem.

https://www.amazon.com/Things-Only-Darkness-Knows-anthology/dp/1542889405

UNBEKNOWNST

ASUNDER

BRIMSTONE!  

CLEANSE

NATURAL

Well, this list can go on and on, and it does –  just click on the link to view for yourself. https://en.oxforddictionaries.com/explore/archaic-words/

Hmmm, I wonder if dude made the cut?

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Do you have any favorite words that aren’t used anymore? Share in the comments.

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