Sentence Writing #03: Long and Short Sentences

Previous || Next Few elements of style can harm your work the way an overbusy, cluttered sentence can. But reading about cluttered sentences from a theoretical standpoint is one thing -- seeing one such sentence is entirely different. Let's construct a glorious Example: My ratonnastick, being a perfectly good fellow at heart who always knew... Continue Reading →

Lord of Light by Roger Zelazny – Book Review

This review was originally published over at booknest.eu. Published by: HarperVoyager (2010 ed.)Genre: Sci-Fi, FantasyPages: 296Format: paperbackAwards: Hugo Award for Best Novel (1968)Copy: Picked up at my local library. Support your libraries, folks!    His followers called him Mahasamatman and said he was a god. He preferred to drop the Maha- and the -atman, however, and... Continue Reading →

Writing Advice: Showing and Telling

Early on, when I first started sharing my writing, a number of people gave me the following advice: Show, don't tell. That's good advice, I thought; it helped me in identifying a particular weakness my writing had at the time. The more I thought about it, the more I realised that this particular piece of... Continue Reading →

Writing Advice: Memorable Characters

How do we create memorable characters? Well, you'd need a dozen eggs, a bit of vanilla and seventeen cups of sugar to make your average Mary Sue; or you could whip yourself good old-fashioned one-dimensional characters by doing the same thing you'd do to get stale bread -- don't spend any time cooking them up... Continue Reading →

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