Monthly Archives: March 2012

Some Thoughts About My Writing Style

I will admit to being rather particular about the technical aspects of my writing. Some thoughts:

I often place punctuation after the quotation marks. For some thoughts on this, check this website. I like the sentence, “In the United Kingdom, Canada, and islands under the influence of British education, punctuation around quotation marks is more apt to follow logic.” Clearly, I must have been influenced by some of my favorite British authors- Michael Moorcock, Douglas Adams, J.R.R. Tolkien, et al. The British style seems a little more logical to me.

I prefer the Oxford comma (also known as the serial comma).

Finally, I’m a fan of mythbusting in general. (Also, the TV show of the similar name and Snopes.) In that vein, please enjoy some grammar myths that I enjoy breaking. Check them out here. The article is written on a Legal Writing website but the arguments made are not limited to legal writing. Go ahead- break these “rules”. Live a little! 🙂

When I write, I hear myself telling a story. I think language should serve our message, not the other way around. Hopefully my writing style reads well by you, my dear audience!

Enjoy- and good writing!



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Checking In

Just a quick update- I did some writing today. Technically it was notes and thoughts for Story Orange. I’m going to count it though.

As I pointed out in my last post, I think I’m pretty solid at coming up with interesting and creative premises. I’d say that I rock the “elevator speech”. (In an alternate world, I’m a movie producer now sending someone to go write the story that I just created.)

I am OK with this. (For now.) In my mind, I have the gross mechanics down. I have a embraced the vulnerability inherent in creativity. I have a method of tracking my progress (you’re reading it). I am building the habit of this new activity. This all seems to be progressing nicely.

So, if I happen to be at a point that requires the consideration of nuances, I’ll take that as progress. I would assume that the learning curve for this self-transformation must appear differently at various points in the curve. This must be how it looks at this point.

I’m curious- if anyone is in a similar process of self-transformation or has been through such a transformation in the past, how did you recognize changes in the process? Did your strategy change? Please- read and SHARE!

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Houston, We Have a Problem…

I’m stuck working on Story Blue. I figured out why I’m stuck, though.

I have what I think is an interesting and potentially entertaining idea for the story. I have established the tone that I want. I have an outline roughed out. But- the story is stuck at a little under 2000 words. It has failed to progress. Until now I wasn’t quite sure why.

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OK Dad- Live Your Convictions

My boy likes dolls.

This warrants some kind of intro. If you’ve read some of my other posts, you may know that I’m a dad with 3 boys- ages 13, 5, and 3. I’m very close to my dad. He is definitely a standard against which I measure myself as a man, a husband, and a father. I’ve had some missteps and false starts but the one consistent driver in my life has been this- “I want to be a good dad.” This is something that matters to me.

I love all 3 of my boys- nothing special there. That [should be] the basic expectation for any dad- love your kids. That is an important motivator for me. I make the best decision that I can then worry whether it’s good enough.

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The Words Must Flow!

A reminder from Muad'Dib

“We call that one MOOSER!”

Thanks Matta for the encouragement!

(I’m working on getting Matta to start posting his comics. They’re funny and worth sharing!)

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