Confession: sometimes when I’m writing I say “eff it” when it come to
grammatical errors; I’ll just let my beta readers sort it out for me. But +Amy Glamos mentioned something in a
post. 10,000 hours isn’t going to make
you a master if you do the same ole thing every time. In order to become a
master, you must improve continuously -while keeping things simple.
must look closely at my mistakes and shake off my laziness. So according to my beta readers, these are
my most common mistakes:
been Coal walked past him.
Bought vs. brought
two different verbs.
bought a car from the mortician.
brought my car to the park.
I can remember this rule because bring and brought have the same first
Awaken is a verb. (not as commonly used as “wake up”): I awaken. We awaken. He awakens at 5 AM every day.
grammar. I didn’t know how to fix this
until I discovered Scrivener for Mac which has a text to speech option
(Scrivener for Windows be damned). Now
whenever I finish a paragraph or a chapter, I sit back and listen to the
dialogue and that’s how I catch missing words.
because I used screamed as a dialogue tag.
For me screaming is synonymous with a raised her voice. I googled this, but I couldn’t find a site
that said you couldn’t use screamed as a dialogue tag. So readers, what is the rule on using
screamed as a dialogue tag? No, yes, hell no?