Friday, September 25, 2009

Style

Today marks a week since I met with my editor!

Red marks by the dozens, I absolutely love
her out reach, her thoughts on the project as a whole...

On that afternoon when I picked my oldest daughter up
she was so excited, wanting to see what the editor said,
immediately she questions all the red marks,
mom do all the red marks bother you,
are you kidding me,
English teachers always had hay days with my school papers.
This was always so hard on me.
I knew back then my love for writing,
but it just wasn't in a grammatically correct manner...
so I was always overlooked!

What I did begin to struggle with when I got home setting down,
thinking about the marks, the book as a whole,
my confidence I once had was no where to be found,
in fact I shot an email to my editor,
thanking her for everything, but there's just no way
I can follow through with the book!

My mind begin to swim like crazy, trying to find the answer
to help the crazy feelings,
feelings of no book in print!

This is when blogs like :

Commonly misused words...

Past tense...

Sentence fragments...


begin to surface, that's my mind swimming, working, researching,
finding answers...me talking, me writing to myself...

Last night, I helped my daughter study for a vocabulary test.

One of the words was style, the definition,
is the manner in which a writer addresses a matter,
revealing the writer's personality or 'voice.'
It is the result of the choices the writer makes in
syntactical structures, diction, and figures of thought.

More self talk, self write...

Stream of consciousness

Prose

Using Sentence Fragments Effectively

So did I answer myself...

Answer, stay true to who I am, unique writing and all...

Now I have to get busy editing the wedding pictures
I am in the middle of, then off to making corrections
my editor left for me on my book...

Do you struggle writing, losing your confidence...?

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Sentence fragments...


Sentence fragments

A phrase or clause that is punctuated and capitalized as a sentence but does not constitute a complete grammatical sentence.

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Past tense...


Verb / Past Simple / Past Participle


arise / arose / arisen
babysit / babysat / babysat
be was / were been
beat / beat / beaten
become / became / become
bend / bent / bent
begin / began / begun
bet / bet / bet
bind / bound / bound
bite / bit / bitten
bleed / bled / bled
blow / blew / blown
break / broke/ broken
breed / bred / bred
bring / brought / brought
broadcast / broadcast / broadcast
build / built / built
buy/ bought / bought
catch/ caught/ caught
choose / chose / chosen
come / came / come
cost / cost / cost
cut / cut / cut
deal / dealt / dealt
dig / dug / dug
do / did / done
draw / drew / drawn
drink / drank / drunk
drive / drove / driven
eat / ate / eaten
fall / fell / fallen
feed /fed / fed
feel / felt / felt
fight/ fought / fought
find / found / found
fly /flew / flown
forbid / forbade / forbidden
forget / forgot / forgotten
forgive / forgave / forgiven
freeze / froze / frozen
get / got / gotten
give / gave / given
go / went / gone
grow / grew / grown
hang* / hung / hung
have / had / had
hear / heard / heard
hide / hid / hidden
hit / hit / hit
hold / held / held
hurt / hurt/ hurt
keep /kept / kept
know/ knew /known
lay / laid / lain
lead / led / led
leave / left/ left
lend /lent / lent
let / let / let
lie **/ lay / lain
light / lit/ lit
lose / lost / lost
make / made /made
mean / meant /meant
meet /met /met
pay /paid / paid
put /put /put
quit / quit / quit
read *** read / read
ride /rode / ridden
ring / rang / rung
rise / rose / risen
run /ran / run
say / said / said
see / saw /seen
sell/ sold / sold
send / sent /sent
set / set /set
shake / shook / shaken
shine/ shone / shone
shoot / shot / shot
show / showed / shown
shut / shut /shut
sing / sang /sung
sink / sank / sunk
sit / sat /sat
sleep/ slept / slept
slide / slid / slid
speak /spoke /spoken
spend / spent / spent
spin / spun /spun
spread/ spread/ spread
stand /stood / stood
steal / stole / stolen
stick / stuck /stuck
sting /stung / stung
strike /struck / struck
swear / swore /sworn
sweep / swept / swept
swim / swam /swum
swing / swung / swung
take / took /taken
teach / taught/ taught
tear / tore /torn
tell / told / told
think / thought / thought
throw / threw / thrown
understand / understood / understood
wake / woke /woken
wear / wore / worn
win won /won
withdraw / withdrew / withdrawn
write / wrote / written

Saturday, September 19, 2009

Commonly misused words...

Writing is a really hard task for me,
one issue is the misuse of words...


Accept/Except
Advice/Advise
Affect/Effect
All Right/Alright
Alternately/Alternatively
A Lot/Alot
Assume/As Soon
Bare/Bear
Bazaar / Bizarre
Breach / Breech
Censor / Censure
Cheap /Cheep
Cite /Sight/ Site
Climactic / Climatic
Coach /Couch
Compliment /Complement
Conceited /Concerted
Confidant /Confident
Copyright /Copywrite
Dessert /Desert
E.G. /I.E.
Exercise /Exorcise
Fair /Fare
Flair /Flare
Flaunt /Flout
Foul /Fowl
Hear /Here
Its /It's
Lay /Lie
Loose /Lose
Me /I
Moot /Mute
Naval /Navel
No One /Noone
Peak /Peek/ Pique
Per Say /Per Se
Raise /Rise
Seam /Seem
Sense /Since
Taut /Tout
Then /Than
There /They're/ Their
Vain /Vane/ Vein
Wary /Weary
Weather /Whether
Who /Which/ That
Whose /Who's

This list is a good start to help you better
understand my troubles. I promise there's more
I could add...anytime I blog, and you spot this
trouble, tell me!

So if writing is so hard for me, why do I write?

A voice is a very powerful tool,
my actual heard voice gets lost in the moment,
my writing voice gives me time to really think what I need to say...

Do you easily confuse words?
Does your voice work better in words?

Thursday, September 17, 2009

A big day...

Friday, is lunch day with my editor...!

Nervousness and excitement...both tuck in my emotional bank,

this so means the ball is about to be back in my court...!

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Fish bowl...

Pick one child up, waiting twenty minutes for another.

The car door opens, I ask, How was your day?
Did you tell coach you wouldn't be at practice?
Good Day, No, I didn't.
The door slams...

To my right, I turn, she, my daughter, walks towards the coach,
can't see her lips. See his move,
didn't read, he passes her.

Car door opens, she jumps in.
What did he say?
Oh, he wants to know if they will pull all of my teeth?
We both giggle,
I pull away from the school.

Traffic, bumper to bumper, red lights back to back...

Parking lot, I stop at the door, she gets out...

Park, me and my youngest daughter, walk to door, open...

Twenty by ten room full, thirty chairs full, five tables full,
magazines, sitting, homework, cellphones, texting,
talking, looking for parents, signing in, checking out,
opening doors, closing doors, calling of peoples names,
bathroom,pictures on faux finish walls, window,
sun shining in, voices, water, fish bowl,
fish!

Three by one aquarium,
my youngest daughter taps
on the glass!

I look up, from across the room, our eyes meet!

She walks towards me...