There Are No Carparks in the USA,

Peeps, I’ll be the first to admit I’m not perfect, nor is my writing. I know I need an editor; I’m just too broke to pay for one…  And, although I know people living in glass houses shouldn’t complain (unless they can do so anonymously,)  after reading a slew of American romances that came from…

Another Immutable Writerly Rule

  Treat the below items like the puss filled sebaceous cysts they are and excise them from your manuscript: Obvious/assumed actions and redundant informational  phrases:   Tricky Dick Mugillacutty picked up a slice of pizza in his hand, brought it to his mouth and took a bite. Unless gluttonous acts of pizza perversity are in…

Virual Romance Festing Instead of Literal Editing. I’ve been bad…

So my peeps and peepers, I’ve fallen behind… Again. Convincing myself I was still working (I’m extremely gullible, so it wasn’t very hard,) I spent the weekend attending the virtual Romance Festival. And now my brain is buzzing with new ideas, new story-lines and plot-twists. Strange and wonderful characters (some a little scary) are pinging…

I love tools… (well not the walking and talking kind.)

So for those of you out there who’ve decided you’re going to finally take the plunge, and write the world’s greatest novel, I decided to share some of the tools I’ve found to get the job done, and best of all, most of them are free!

Nowadays, literally is used interchangeably with figuratively, is this truly acceptable? Does this constitute an erosion of the English l…

Answer by Candace Vianna: No,  to the first part. These are not interchangeable. They are antonyms.  Literally means without interpretation or embellishment, exactly as  stated. Figuratively means you’re not being literal, you’re using figures of speech or are speaking metaphorically.  The  second part of the question is more difficult to pin down. Language  evolves with…

Is this paragraph properly written?

Answer by Candace Vianna: I pretty much agree with the majority on this one, but here’s another punctuation trick to consider. On  the way to his car, Dan analyzed what the man had said: The  warehouse was  occupied on Wednesdays and Thursdays. But the Buffalo  murder occurred  on a Saturday, and Sarah Johnson was killed…