Moving on - find me on Wordpress

Howdy all! I've made the move to Wordpress. Blogger has served me well over the years, but it just hasn't evolved to offer the features needed for interacting with other blogs or people.

So if you want to find me, I'll be typing it up over here:

The blog will stay up for a while! And I'll be keeping an eye on all of your blogs through it.

The Grammar Wars: get your weapons ready

I use Grammarly for proofreading because I’m a Grammar-pacifist to those Grammar-Nazis.

Yes, it’s true. Hand me that white feather if you must. I won’t be part of your grammar war. I’m not a huge fan of obsessing over every tiny little thing. I believe in language evolving. I don’t believe in rules for the sake of having rules. I very often believe in BREAKING them. 

But I also don’t believe in a world without grammar at all! People need to understand what you’re writing on the page, and in order to be able to break the rules in a way that still conveys meaning, you have to know the rules, right?

At the beginning of my journey to become-a-serious-writer-and-try-to-get-published, my skills weren’t totally up to scratch. I had a novel. I had gone through a few drafts already with the content, and now it was time to tackle the line edits.

It’s difficult to edit your own work. It’s even more difficult if your knowledge of grammar is somewhat shaky! I had read books, yes. I had picked up a fair few mistakes I do along the way and corrected them. But some of these habits were so ingrained that they crept in anyway. They intruded, invaded, and butchered my sentences, and my eyes were blind to it.

Thank heavens for Grammarly. I came across a few bloggers who recommended it a few years ago as part of a writer's tool belt. It was easy to get on with. It merged into my Microsoft Word, told me about my mistakes, and WHY they were mistakes, picked up my repetitions, contextually wrong words (affect/effect), and missed punctuation. This is the most vital part. Word doesn’t pick up most of this stuff and it definitely doesn’t explain why your sentences are messed up. Books tell you the theory, but really you need to see the theory applied to your own sentences for it imbed into your consciousness.

So thank you Grammarly for making me a better writer, and for catching those terrible typos that the gremlins put in (they exist, I've seen them). Grammar and I are now at peace.

So tell me, have you used Grammarly? What other proofreading tools have helped you?

Shakespeare: the birth of a cliche

I still don't get Tumblr, but this girl's post of her notebook went viral pretty quick, and it's easy to see why.

It's an inspiration to think that so many of these quotes were once created by a single mind. That these concepts were once new, fresh, and unheard of.

It brings me sunshine to think that there are so many possibilities with words, so many more concepts, comparisons we can draw on that only need to be unearthed, and given life.

Right, it's time to get thinking like Shakespeare. Time to stop reading, and start writing.


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