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Pantser vs Plotter

I was browsing “writing” on Pinterest when I learned a new word, “pantser.” A pantser is a writer who, “flies by the seat of their pants,” meaning they rarely plan anything out, I guess they want to be just as surprised as their readers. As opposed to a plotter, who outlines their story chapter by […]

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Advice on Avoiding Very

Substitute ‘damn’ every time you’re inclined to write ‘very;’ your editor will delete it and the writing will be just as it should be. ~Mark Twain “‘Very’ is the most useless word in the English language and can always come out. More than useless, it is treacherous because it invariably weakens what it is intended […]

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Grammarly TOS Oddity

From Grammarly terms of service. YOU MAY NOT CHECK MORE THAN 300 DOCUMENTS OR 150,000 WORDS IN ANY 30-DAY PERIOD OR 100 DOCUMENTS OR 50,000 WORDS IN ANY 24-HOUR PERIOD Okay, the odds of me violating their terms are astronomical, and I assume that this is to avoid a site connecting and using it as […]

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Observations On First Drafts

Almost everything I’ve read warns that the first draft is going to be embarrassingly bad. But one source said that she liked that part because it allowed her to work on the transitions from paragraph to paragraph and chapter to chapter without worrying about the details until she started working on the second draft. Here […]

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Whitesmoke Grammar Checker

I found a special from PC-World on the grammar checker by WhiteSmoke. It was $69 premium lifetime subscription. A good deal, no? The only snag I’ve hit is that the deal was for a single computer, if I rush I can get a second computer license for the same price. $140 for lifetime access on […]

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