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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Writing a writers Blog

 

I like to keep my blogs relate-able to who I am in real life. I have been sharing my writer’s journey since week one. Which has only been two years now. And boy-o-boy that two years have flown!

Occasionally people will ask, what does a writer blog about and while I am not going to post others here without their permission – which I admit to dropping the ball on – here are types of blogs writers create…..

There are the informative, dry bones, how-to….. which are perfect if you need quick info. 

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There are the writers who come up with ingenious tales or insights into real life, and they share these gems with us. When you read blogs like this, you think “I am not worthy to write at all!”   

 

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I’ve even come across a writer (who I shall not name) that was sharing stories, books for sale, contests, and inviting writers to create short stories in their comment section.

 

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All well and good! Be creative, share your work, entice people to join in. The problem was they never actually interacted with their followers! I was right in there, enjoying the blogs, laughing, leaving comments, and then I asked a direct question. After a few weeks of no response, I did some investigating and discovered that writer, drew people in like a banshee, made crazy book sales, does public appearances, and yet doesn’t interact with the general public, who are the very ones supporting them! Therefore, I never bought any of their product and dropped their blog like a hot potato. 

This list can go on and on. Some writers do book reviews, author interviews, share chapters, or stories of their own works. The list is unending. If you are a writer, use your imagination. Read lots, comment too, connect and find what works for you. I do whatever I feel that week, from info, to woes, to my newest endeavor.

Share your blog ideas with us too 🙂

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Free Promotions

Free Ways to Promote Yourself - I am updating an older post with new places I've found.

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But where is the proof?

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And they have not been the only one I’ve seen. To me that is not selling books, it’s selling empty promises, and making money off others dreams.

How much money are you willing to spend as an Independent author to promote your work?

I work full-time and write whenever I can. I do not have a bankroll to toss around at advertising or self-promotion. Over the last year, I have been clicking link after link, reading advertising sites, and trying to find any free way that I can.

I am going to share that with you, for only - $0.00

Below are all the links to building your author platform for FREE...
We have the internet at our disposal, use it.
Yes, you may have to set aside one day every two weeks – or one hour a day – whatever works for you and do some research. And then more time building a website, and still more time creating new profiles on multiple sites. But unless you want to pay, this is how you need to market your own work.

Use the internet it’s your most valuable tool.
Search, read, ask and find.

Good Luck and Happy Writing.

 

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Writing About Writing


Writing about Writing

I am not talking technique or style or even ideas. Some things can be taught, like grammar and punctuation. Of course, these are extremely important in writing, and I am not the one to teach you these things.

The main question most want-to-be writers ask is: “How do you write?”

This question is truly unanswerable.

I mean other than the basics above, no one can tell you how to write your story. That comes from within, from who you are, and the experiences you’ve lived. As well as the story you are telling, and your imagination.

When I am writing it is like a movie playing out in my mind. Where this comes from I can’t explain, my imagination just works this way. Think of it like daydreaming. When you daydream, you see pictures, usually in action, whether it be a future ideal or a fantasy of winning the lottery. This is what happens when I write. I basically am just trying to capture the vision and put it into words. I watch the characters talk, I see their lips move and the expressions on their faces. I’ll even catch myself laughing or sneering along with them. If a character is looking over their shoulder, I’ll be turning my head as I’m typing and have to pull myself back to watch the screen and not the wall behind me. Sure there are times where I have to contemplate an action — if this happens now, how do I relate back to it later — this is where note taking becomes important.

Writers can tell you to make outlines, do character building, plot points — I’ve done all that — at times I still do it. But not always. So I just work with whatever muse hits me for each individual story.

Joining writers groups help immensely, it’s a place to reach out and ask for advice, and see how others write. We learn new things every day, and I for one am open to that. I enjoy the comradery, but I also enjoy my solitude of just being in my world with the characters.

As long as you are writing, anything you want, poetry, fan fiction, short stories, or working on the never ending novel — keep writing. The creativity flows like an open tap, if you close it (stop writing), it dissipates. Be open and have fun. Try not to worry about how to write, you’re style grows with you and if you love it….it’s not work.

Happy writing folks, Theresa.

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