Your Friendly Grammar Ninja: Lesson 1 – Apostrophes

Your Friendly Grammar Ninja, Lesson 1: Addressing Grammar with Humor and Hyperbole One Word Crime at a Time Hmm. Where did my obsession with words and articulation spring from? I’m not entirely sure, but I do remember sitting in the small office of an older woman during math class with a couple of other students who … Continue reading Your Friendly Grammar Ninja: Lesson 1 – Apostrophes

Robert Dorotik murder 2/13/2000 Valley Center, CA *Wife, Jane Dorotik, convicted; sentenced to 25 years to life in prison*

Top Ten Writing Mistakes Editors See Every Day

Clearly written and so helpful! Thank you, fellow author. Much gratitude.

Stephen Carver

Goya -The sleep of reason produces monsters (c1799) recut

In addition to writing and teaching, one of the things I do for a living is to evaluate manuscripts for their suitability for publication. I read fiction (and non-fiction) across several genres, and write comprehensive reports on the books. I try always to guide the author towards knocking his or her project into a shape that could be credibly presented to literary agents, publishers and general readers. You know how Newman and Mittelmark introduce How Not to Write a Novel by saying, ‘We are merely telling you the things that editors are too busy rejecting your novel to tell you themselves, pointing out the mistakes they recognize instantly because they see them again and again in novels they do not buy,’ well they’re right; I am one of those editors.

However good the idea behind a novel, when the author is still learning the craft of writing – like any…

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Monique Desir @MoniqueDesir

Thanks Ron for supporting a fellow writer. I really appreciate this. Here’s to a new year of possibilities and success.

Financial Perspectives Presented by R. Williams

What made you pursue a career as a teacher?

I love teaching and helping students to appreciate literature and the delicious satisfaction from pursuing knowledge.

What inspired you to write?

I’m not entirely sure how to answer this question. Honestly, I think that most writers are “certifiably insane”. I’ve mentioned this in an endearing tongue-in-cheek manner on my blog a couple of times. I think that we were merely born this way. Write or wither. I enjoy creating worlds and characters. I enjoy finding something wonderful or terrible in everyday ordinary situations and events.

What do you want your readers to benefit from your writing?

I’d hate to spoil my readers with what I think or the implication that I want them to believe or do anything necessarily.  There’s a quote by Samuel Johnson, which I came across that sums up my present answer to this question. A writer only begins…

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