Word Traffic Court

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“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.

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