Category Archives: Writing Gremlins

The Gremlin Got Me!

A writing Gremlin has been eating both sides of my brain dogging my steps lately.  I’m not sure what his name is, but I sure wish he’d go away.  Some might call him ‘writer’s block’; others might call him ‘extreme busy-ness’.  I just call him a pain in the butt neck.  Fortunately, in my blog …

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More advice

Let’s look at a few more slogans:   If it works, don’t fix it. Gram:  This one hits me hard.  As a person who tends toward OCD perfectionism, I have to be reminded to stop before I ruin the work by trying to ‘fix’ it.  That’s one way an editor can come in handy; they can …

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Writing Gremlins: Disorganization

Confessions of an out-of-sight-out-of-mind, piles-everwhere, disorganized messy.  I guess that title is a bit long, but it’s pretty accurate.  I am the bane of my husband (and my daughter) because everywhere I go, I have piles.  I don’t mean to, but they appear none-the-less.  You see, if I put something away, it will be lost to …

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Taming a writing gremlin: Disorganization!

Hi strangers!  It feels like a long time since we posted here.  Someone ::cough, cough, Imma:: tends to be a little disorganized.  So, we have been working on that.  I have to confess that I contribute to the problem with my perfectionism, but if you tell Imma I said that, I’ll deny it!   So, what did …

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And I started a Sentence with But

Originally posted on dodging commas:
Can you start a sentence with “and” or “but”? As a writer, I often find myself in situations when I want to use “and” to start a sentence. But you’re not supposed to start a sentence with a conjunction – right? Yet I was very surprised when a piece of…

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Handling writer’s block

Gram:  I probably deal with writers block more than Imma does. One reason is my perfectionist tendencies.  Another is my perfectionist tendencies.  :D.  I have an ‘all or nothing’ mentality when it comes to my work.  I want perfection, and I don’t want to put my name on something that doesn’t reflect well on me.  You can see …

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When is passive not passive?

MJ Logan  (aka Michael L. Williams) of  MJ Logan stopped by and left a very good comment.  He took my sentence (admittedly not the best example) and pointed out that it was not passive voice at all.  He states that “While every passive voice sentence contains a form of the verb ‘to be’, not every sentence that …

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Gram’s Grimlins: Passive verbs

Take a look at your writing and see if this gremlin has overtaken your work:  passive verbs. The passive verbs come from “to be”:  is, was, etc. A simple way to make an improvement in your writing, especially in less casual work, is to cut out  minimize the passive and give life to your verbs. …

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Gram’s Gremlins

Some other gremlins that can haunt our writing: -*- Snobbery.   Sometimes, it’s difficult for Gram to read posts that have grammar or other issues.  She sees that many people seem to like the post/article/etc., but she can’t understand why.  She cannot see the value of the content through the filter of her grammar nazi-ism.  She …

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