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5 Cases of Excessive Commas

5 Cases of Excessive Commas | Writing Tips and Resources | Scoop.it
The rules about commas can seem so complicated -- and contradictory -- that writers can (almost) be forgiven for tossing in an extra one or two. Here are several examples of overly generous deployment of commas.

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I think I'm guilty of doing this from time to time, so this is a useful read.

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Penelope's curator insight, June 3, 2013 4:59 PM

 

To comma, or NOT to comma, that is the question, isn't it? ;)

 

If you are puzzling as to where to place a comma, then this is the article for you, or maybe not, or maybe you ought to just peruse the examples, and see if, sometimes, your commas are in the right place, or not.

 

***This review was written by Penelope Silvers for her curated content on "Writing Rightly"***

 

Link to the original article: http://www.dailywritingtips.com/5-cases-of-excessive-commas/

Jacques Goyette's curator insight, June 4, 2013 6:17 PM

The important is not to fall COMMAtose ! or to be COMMAholic !

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Tips to Writing Great Blog Posts - Liza-Shaw.com

Tips to Writing Great Blog Posts - Liza-Shaw.com | Writing Tips and Resources | Scoop.it
When it comes to blogging we all know that content is king and keeping things updated is the number one priority. But how do you do that when you (at time...
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Dean Koontz: How to Write a Bestselling Novel - Beliefnet.com

Dean Koontz: How to Write a Bestselling Novel - Beliefnet.com | Writing Tips and Resources | Scoop.it
Direct from the keyboard of bestselling author Dean Koontz, here are seven tips for penning a masterpiece.

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Penelope's curator insight, February 15, 2013 11:26 AM

 

We all pause with bated breath awaiting wise words from one of the Masters of writing--Dean Koontz. He gives us just 7 tips on how to write a bestselling novel!

 

I think what surprised me the most? He hit the bestseller list as soon as he stopped writing outlines. Huh? The sacred and sacrosanct precept for writers everywhere. With "Strangers", he started with nothing more than a couple of characters he thought he would like and with a premise. 

 

He also suffers from the dreaded doubt when he sits down at the computer. He uses this to his advantage by revising page by page, until the action flows more smoothly and crackles with tension.

 

He tells us to dare to love the language, if minimum prose feels flat to you. Some readers won't get it; many will not only get it but delight in it. And above all, do what feels right to you. What may work for one writer may not work for another. Alleluia!

 

*****This review was written by Penelope Silvers for her curated content on "Writing Rightly"*****

 

Link to the original article and the full 7 tips: http://www.beliefnet.com/Entertainment/Galleries/koontz-7-bestseller-tips.aspx?b=1&goback=%2Egde_2215425_member_211728529

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50 pieces of writing advice from authors

50 pieces of writing advice from authors | Writing Tips and Resources | Scoop.it
Writers – well, good writers anyway – understand words. They have this uncanny knack of knowing which one to use and when – and just think, there are thousands upon thousands upon thousands of the blighters.

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Valérie Larouche's comment, April 29, 2013 1:33 PM
^_^ Poe's always been my soulmate :)
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Penelope's comment, June 11, 2013 10:28 PM
Don't hold back, the page is the place to let it all hang out.
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TOR’S TOP TIPS: OUR AUTHORS ON WRITING

TOR’S TOP TIPS: OUR AUTHORS ON WRITING | Writing Tips and Resources | Scoop.it
I asked several of our authors to offer one tip for aspiring writers. This is what they sent in: JOHN GWYNNE: Write for yourself. Something that you want to

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Penelope's curator insight, January 25, 2013 3:51 PM

 

It is always inspiring and enlightening to read tips from other authors. I certainly don't feel I have learned everything I need to know to be a superb and prolific author, nor do I think I will ever feel that way.

 

Here's a few tidbits from this excellent article to think about over the weekend:

 

1) Write for YOURSELF! - If it is something you would like to read, someone else in the world probably will enjoy it as well.

 

2) Don't listen too hard to your INNER CRITIC - Ah..the ever present negative voice inside the head of every author. We are forever shushing that voice.

 

3) Never FINISH a writing session by finishing off a scene - The author suggests trying to stop in the middle of a sentence. This causes you to be anxious to get right back to the page the next day. This is a new one for me, but it would actually cause all of your senses to be tuned in to finishing that scene.

 

There are several more, so you can head on over to the full article to see if you can add some more nuts and bolts to your author's tool kit.

 

*****This review was written by Penelope Silvers for her curated content on "Writing Rightly"*****

 

Link to the original article: http://torbooks.co.uk/2013/01/24/tors-top-tips-our-authors-on-writing/#more-7897

 

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This Itch of Writing: Showing and Telling: the basics

This Itch of Writing: Showing and Telling: the basics | Writing Tips and Resources | Scoop.it

Writing, talking about writing, reading writing and sometimes hating writing:
a blog by novelist Emma Darwin


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Penelope's curator insight, March 25, 2013 6:03 PM

 

This is one of the best articles I have seen on the Writing Basics of "Showing" and "Telling". The author would rather call it "Evoking" and "Informing" and I tend to agree.

 

Beginning writers naturally do more telling than showing, which is usually where we all begin. Once you get into the process of writing on a regular basis, you want your writing to "evoke" some kind of emotion in the reader.

 

Not that telling is wrong. There is a place for telling. Children's stories will use the "telling" or "informing" of a narrator more than the "showing" or "evoking". Once upon a time...

 

Take a look at the article for some very specific examples, and another helpful writer's tip about "psychic distance".

 

  

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Link to the original article and the full interview: http://emmadarwin.typepad.com/thisitchofwriting/showing-and-telling-the-basics.html