“How does this sound? I read aloud my newest blog entry to my husband. “I know the syntax isn’t exactly correct.”
“That’s so,” he said. “Sounds a little off.”
“Hey, I’m using poetic license,” I said in my defense.
“Ah, if that’s the case, I think they should take away your license.”
As I edit my latest work in progress, ( patting myself on the back at reaching close to 50,000 words) it looms large about how much poetic license I can take and yet adhere to the rules I learned so long ago. (The decade being the ’50s when learning to diagram sentences was a requirement) I made an A in grammar, by the way, but does being a stickler about all that make for interesting writing? I am leaning toward the view that although correct use of syntax is important, it is not necessary to adhere in all instances.
I make lists of words you should use, words you shouldn’t use, I expunge all boring words, ( I battled with the word “thought” and i think I won. ) 30,000 words ago I wrote this blog about my novel.
I read that you have to keep yourself motivated, click here for Linda’s site. and give yourself rewards often. (my chocolate stash needs to be restocked, I’ve rewarded myself a little too much.) After my victory over the word “thought” I may have gone overboard.
And by all means you cannot use too many clichés. (Don’t ever begin a sentence with and.)
You must keep your creativity level up. Gregory Ciotti writes on creativity here.
I keep reading and working at crafting an interesting story. it’s a fantastic journey.
This blog was inspired by a Wordpress weekly writing prompt about opening with a conversation.
- Your license, please. (hopeofglory.typepad.com)
- Facebook, Twitter and Insta-gram!! Proper grammar and punctuation. (maloriechadwick.wordpress.com)