"Adorable, in a wicked, modest way that only the ego-maniacal can pull off", says Gracie.Get friends to write some one sentence descriptions of you. See what they can come up with. There are all kinds of places you can use something like this. In personal bio's on sites that ask you to sign up. In a professional bio (if the quote is not too personal or quirky). Stick it into your email signature to give it a little personality. A good quote can give you a pick-me-up each time you come across it. So spread it around. The quote above was written by a friend when I worked with her on the Backwash.com site.
Bookshelf Porn -
A collection of all the best bookshelf photos for people who *heart* bookshelves.
From Linsey Teppner on Facebook:
Why is it that when we put something important in a "safe place" that seems obvious at the time, it is really the last place we'd ever think to look later on?I commented: That happens to me all the time. I never get it either. But I end up finding things years later and being amazed at where I put them. Write a story about something that gets "put away safely" and found many years later, maybe by someone else entirely.
Two words that I still get confused are affect and effect. Even when I think I have them straightened out in my head I get them muddled up next time the choice comes up to use one or the other. Oatmeal has a plan to tell which is which. Think of affect as a verb and effect as a noun. Any time you can substitute another verb in the sentence, then you know it's affect, not effect.
Word Dreams wrote: 10 Tips Guaranteed to Rescue your Story. Go to the post to read more about each point with suggestions on how to fix them in your story.
- The story is too passive.
- More dialogue. Less narrative.
- Don’t jump around in POVs so often.
- Your protagonist isn’t likable.
- Add detail.
- Fix your grammar and spelling.
- Your characters must grow.
- Vary your sentence length.
- Use picture nouns and action verbs.
- Limit adjectives and adverbs.