Common Grammar and Spelling Mistakes As midterms approach, many students are preparing for their first essays of the semester. By college, you should be able to write an effective essay, but we often make the same grammatical and spelling mistakes over and over again. I have no doubt you can use two/too/to and there/they're/their correctly by now, but here are some more advanced common grammatical and spelling errors that make you look silly, both in your writing and speaking. Master them, and you are that much closer to an A+! Note: All of these definitions are my re-wordings of dictionaries and grammars. All examples are my own and are examples of pop culture because that is fun and grammar is otherwise quite dull. Then/Than: Although a common error in writing, this is a very grammar problem to solve.
How to Create a Credible Villain in Fiction: 14 Steps Edit Article Sample Villain DescriptionsCreating Your Own Villain Edited by Brigitta M., Imperatrix, Sondra C, Jack Herrick and 32 others Creating a credible villain for fiction writing stereotypically evil or just "icky" traits. Ad Steps Sample Villain Descriptions Creating Your Own Villain 1Start by reading Create a Fictional Character from Scratch. 14Only kill off the villain if they deserved it. Tips The villains that work the best are the ones where their motive may be basically understandable, but their ultimate goal and their processes are extremely twisted.Subtlety is often better. Warnings Try to make your villain three dimensional. Sources and Citations Crime Library A comprehensive resource for studying real life villains.
Slang 7 phrases in a liar's vocabulary SALT LAKE CITY — People who consistently lie may be good at telling tall tales, but their words will always give them away. Since liars usually have to invent answers and stories to stave off accusations, a good liar will be more diligent in choosing his words. That's how experts have been able to spot the patterns and phrases liars use to try and convince others they're telling the truth. "From word choice to vocal tone to the chronology of stories, the trained liespotter has several verbal clues with which to work," writes Pamela Meyer, author of "Liespotting: Proven Techniques to Detect Deception." The next time you suspect you're not getting the whole truth, look for these seven phrases in a liar's vocabulary: "Where was I last night?" "Would not" — To convince people that they're telling the truth, liars will often avoid using contractions and instead emphasize the full-form verbs. "First we went to the bar." — A skilled liar will be diligent in getting the story straight.
Perception and Language Storytelling is a buzzword with lots of different interpretations. Either the internet is killing stories, or it’s the best thing to happen to them since the printing press. Article Continues Below Stories have been around as long as we have, helping us understand our world and ourselves. What Dickens knew#section1 Charles Dickens should be the mutton-chopped mascot of the web. There are few writers working today as open to public comment—as skilled at manipulating public sentiment, and as concerned with the advancement of his medium—as Dickens was for his time. In the last chapter of each installment, his sentences grew shorter, more active, and more visual. the empty dog-kennel was filled up with a great dog—deep mouthed and black-haired like Him, and he was very angry at the sight of me, and sprang out to get at me. “¨You hear the dynamism of the words, and feel the suspense of the moment: Dickens was an early master of the call to action. Inference: You infer, I imply#section3
Sick of your characters sounding like you? This blog post is all about giving your characters difference voices, so they don't all sound like you. Nah I mean? Study people's syntax. Study how people think. An easy trick is to imagine a character like Andrew Dice Clay, and write the dialog to sound like him, or some other actor or character you know well. So Andrew Dice Clay and Dracula pick up on a female. "Hey, toots, what ya say we go out sometime. "If I could be so bold, hoping not to offend you, my Lady, would you accompany me to the show? -- Hey, check out This software is guaranteed to improve your manuscripts. We have two extremes. Fragments Full sentences Let’s look at two more extremes. Hyper Calm Now mix those up. Calm fragments Calm full sentences Hyper fragments Calm full sentences Other extremes you could add: Southern accent, European, street talk. Here is a sample that sounds like the author. Rewrite your example. Hyper fragments "Wow, she's pissed. Hyper full sentences Calm fragments
Thought Verbs Street Drug Slang Active Voice Vs Passive Voice Today's topic is active voice versus passive voice. Here's a question from Brian in Iowa. He writes, “It drives me crazy when people write in passive voice. How can I teach people how to tell the difference between passive and active voice and to stay away from passive voice?” Well, Brian is right, the first step is to help people understand the difference between active and passive voice, because many people believe they should avoid the passive voice, but fewer people can define it or recognize it. What Is Active Voice? I'll start with active voice because it's simpler. Another example is the title of the Marvin Gaye song “I Heard It through the Grapevine.” What Is Passive Voice? In passive voice, the target of the action gets promoted to the subject position. If you wanted to make the title of the Marvin Gaye song passive, you would say “It was heard by me through the grapevine,” not such a catchy title anymore. Next: Is "To Be" a Sign of Passive Voice? Is Passive Voice Always Wrong? 1.
Words and Phrases That Rob Your Writing of its Power You’re not stupid. You know what writing is truly about. It’s a never-ending battle for your readers’ attention. Every sentence is a link in a taut chain that connects your headline to your conclusion. And you are just one weak sentence away from losing your reader forever. So you take your craft quite seriously. You ignore all but your best ideas. You work on each piece of writing for exactly as long as necessary to get it right. And you edit until your words are crisp and clear. But what if that isn’t enough? What if weaknesses remain that are almost impossible to spot? The Subtle Attention Killers That Hide in Plain Sight No matter how carefully you scrutinize your writing, subtle problems will remain. Certain words and phrases are so commonplace – and so seemingly benign – that they glide unnoticed under your editing radar. But these words and phrases can silently erode your reader’s attention. They don’t stand out. But they weaken your writing and dilute your ideas. So bookmark this post.