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Grams rules of writing


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Gram’s quotes continued


  “Arguments over grammar and style are often as firece as those over IBM versus Mac, and as fruitless as Coke versus Pepsi and boxers versus briefs.”  Jack Lynch   As you all have seen through our posts here, the argument did not start with us.  It will not end with us either.   ~♥~♥~♥~♥~♥~♥~♥~♥~♥~♥~♥~♥~♥~♥~♥~♥~♥~♥~♥~♥~♥~♥~♥~♥~♥~♥~♥~♥~ …

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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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Gremlins


In the previous post, we discussed the idea that weaknesses Gremlins can pop up in our writing life when we do not have an adequate balance between the inner child and the outer adult.  Here are a few:   Lack of discipline We don’t write because we get distracted by the shiny things. We don’t …

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Tuning in to the writer’s adult side


Gram:  While an inner child is a wondrous thing, a child needs to be tempered by the adults in his life.  Allowing the inner child to run amok helps no one, not even the creatives.  Adults bring discipline and order to the table.  They set boundaries and guardrails to keep the child from harm.  My …

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Gram’s favorite quotes


Do not put statements in the negative form. And don’t start sentences with a conjunction. If you reread your work, you will find on rereading that a great deal of repetition can be avoided by rereading and editing. Never use a long word when a diminutive one will do. Unqualified superlatives are the worst of …

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