Writing Tips and Lessons, part 1 of 3

The following three posts share some information I have gleaned over the past few years and “misplaced” in my files. I want to share these with you over the next three days.

(These were all from different authors and are not original with me.)

The 38 Most Common Fiction Writing Mistakes.

Cover of "The 38 Most Common Fiction Writ...

I borrowed a great book out by Jack M Bickham called; The 38 Most Common Fiction Writing Mistakes ( And How To Avoid Them). He is the Author of seventy-five published novels and numerous publications on the craft of fiction writing.

Take a peek with me inside the cover and look at the table of contents.

  • Don’t Make Excuses … when you can avoid procrastination and delays with these ideas to get your project started.
  • Don’t Consider yourself Too Smart … when you can bring your writing down to earth—where your readers are.
  • Don’t Show Off When You Write … when you can give your writing
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    power by putting complex ideas into simple language.

  • Don’t Expect Miracles … when you can achieve your writing goals through hard work patience and perseverance.
  • Don’t Warm Up Your Engines … when you can write a captivating story from the start.

This book is only 112 pages and very informative.

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Speaking of Proofreading

Kathryn J. Bain

This isn’t exactly about publishing, but it goes well with what Katherine J. Bain, below, had to say about Proofreading.

This is from an e-mail which one of my supervisors received about ten years ago, so you may have already read it. Nevertheless, I think it bears repeating – for the laugh, if nothing else.

Reasons Why the English Language is Hard to Learn.

  1. The bandage was wound around the wound.
  2. The farm was used to produce produce.
  3. The dump was so full that it had refuse more refuse.
  4. We must polish the Polish furniture.
  5. He could lead if he would get the lead out.
  6. The soldier decided to desert his dessert in the desert.
  7. Since there is no time like the present, he thought it was time to present the present.
  8. A bass was painted on the head of the bass drum.
  9. When shot at, the dove dove into the bushes.
  10. I did not object to the object.
  11. The insurance was invalid for the invalid.
  12. There was a row among the oarsmen about how to row.
  13. They were too close to the door to close it.
  14. The buck does funny things when the does are present.
  15. A seamstress and a sewer fell down into a sewer line.
  16. To help with planting, the farmer taught his sow to sow.
  17. The wind was too strong to wind the sail.
  18. After a number of injections my jaw got number.
  19. Upon on seeing the tear in the painting I shed a tear.
  20. I had to subject the subject to a series of tests.
  21. How can I intimate this to my most intimate friend?

I guess I could have come up with something more serious if Hotmail and Firefox hadn’t been offline most of the day. Well, another day is always just around the corner.