#ReblogAlert! #Twofer #ThisWeekOnStoryEmpire & Sally Cronin’s #SmorgasbordWeeklyRoundUp

This post is going to be what we call a “Twofer,” or two posts for the price of one! Since I’ve made Sunday my regular #ReblogAlert day for both Story Empire and Smorgasbord, I realized I could do them in the same post, rather than one in the morning and one in the afternoon, thus giving each of them all-day long exposure. Great idea, huh? (Yeah, I know. Sometimes I’m slow, but I usually get there eventually! ūüėÄ ) So, here you go!

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Another great series of posts from the gang at Story Empire. You’ll definitely want to take a look, if you haven’t already done so.

MONDAY: John W. Howell’s post Indicators During a Writing Session That It Is Not the Best Work is a simple, yet very helpful way to help authors¬† understand why their work might not be as good as it should be. Check out John’s post HERE.

WEDNESDAY: Joan Hall wraps up her terrific series on developing different types of characters with Character Types: The Helper.¬†You can read Joan’s post HERE.

FRIDAY: Staci Troilo’s post,¬†Do’s and Don’ts of Story Beginnings,¬†is another one you won’t want to miss! Learn more on this from Staci HERE.

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And for those who may have missed some of this week’s fabulous posts on Sally Cronin’s Smorgasbord, be sure to check out this link. Loaded with good stuff, including at least one video sure to bring tears to your eyes, and another to make you smile all over, you’ll definitely be glad you did!

Check out Sally’s Weekly RoundUp Post HERE
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And there you have our first Reblog Twofer everybody!
Hope you enjoy checking out both sites!

 

#WhyWriteWrong? – #ReblogAlert – #StoryEmpire – #Misused Words #Confusing Homophones

 

Happy Fall, Y‚Äôall! I have decided to revive an old series, #WhyWriteWrong, because I find I’m still being pulled out of what I’m reading when words used incorrectly pop up. Sometimes I’m sure it’s a typo, other times, I’m pretty sure the author is mixed up about the meaning of the word. (Especially if they repeat the same error several times.)¬†

In addition to brand new posts on this topic, I’ll also be rerunning some older ones that I think could still be helpful reminders to us all. Some of those will be from earlier days here on The Write Stuff, and some, like today’s, will be from my time as a member of Story Empire.¬† You’ll be able to tell today’s post is from SE by the way a few things are worded, and I hope you’ll find the rerun useful.

It‚Äôs Marcia back again with another¬†Why Write Wrong¬†post. Quick & easy today: I have a pair of homophones I see being misused more often than you might think, and which, btw, can cause some totally unexpected‚ÄĒand undesirable‚Äďimages to pop into the minds of your readers. And I also want to clarify the definition of a verb that is even more frequently misused. So, let‚Äôs get down to it!

 

First, the verb. Based on my own observation, this seems to be one many writers get wrong, but here‚Äôs the scoop. The rule for the past tense of the verb¬†hang¬†is really simple, with only¬†ONE¬†exception:¬†Unless you are describing a¬†person¬†being suspended by a rope around the neck until dead,¬†the only acceptable past tense of hang¬†is¬†hung. (And the operative word here is ‚Äúperson.‚ÄĚ While¬†people¬†are hanged,¬†inanimate objects¬†are hung.)

 

Example for 99% of the time:¬†Christmas doesn‚Äôt really arrive at our house until we‚Äôve¬†hung the lights¬†on both of our big trees, and all three of our small ones. (Don‚Äôt ask. I‚Äôm somewhat of a fanatic about Christmas.¬†ūüėĬ†)

 

 

Example 2, and again, this is the ONLY exception: Despite stories to the contrary, accused Salem witches were never burned at the stake, but were hanged instead.

 

 

 

Example 3, reinforcing the 99% rule: Despised for his cruel reign of terror, the king was hung in effigy in full view of the palace. (Again: Inanimate objects follow the normal rule, even if hung from a gallows.)

 

 

 

See? Easy. If you’re writing about the death of a person via a noose around the neck, used hanged. Otherwise, always, always use hung.

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And now for the homophones. Take my word for it, you should be very, very careful with these, as one letter makes all the difference between them.

WRETCH
(Noun)
Definition:  
An unfortunate or unhappy person, OR a despicable, contemptible person.

 

  • Example 1:¬†Can the poor wretch tell us who beat him up?
  • Example 2:¬†Those miserable, ungrateful wretches deserve everything they get!

 

 

 RETCH
Definition:  (Noun) The sound or movement of vomiting or gagging.
Definition: (Verb) To make the sound and movement of vomiting. To gag.

 

  • Example:¬†The vile odor coming from the tidepool was enough to cause even the strongest sailors to retch and vomit in the sand.

(See? I told you it was an image you might not want to put in your reader’s heads. Unless, of course, nauseated people are germane to your story.)

 

So, what do you think? Ever used hanged or hung incorrectly yourself, or seen it used wrong elsewhere? And¬† how about wretch vs retch? Are you pretty certain you‚Äôll never, ever get those two mixed up? I sure hope so.¬†¬†ūüėÄ Your turn now. Let us hear what you think in the comments section, because, as always, inquiring minds wanna know! ūüôā

Meanwhile, let‚Äôs all go forth to write with happy hearts and nary a wretch or retch in sight, because‚Äďyou guessed it‚Äďthose are the hearts that produce the best results!

Thanks for reading today!

(The Original of this post can be found on Story Empire HERE)

#ReblogAlert – #Sharing – Deborah Jay’s Post “Doggie Fun in the Sun”

When Deborah Jay was a guest here for my Ten Things series, many (if not most) of you commented on how wonderful it was to learn that she took in dogs with behavioral problems, helped them get past some of those, and found them forever homes. So when I saw her wonderful post this morning, I knew I had to share it with you all!

It’s just lovely to see these dogs enjoying themselves at what looks to be a fabulous dog park. It will make you smile all over, so do yourself a favor and stop by to enjoy the fun videos!

Check out Debby’s post HERE.

#ReblogAlert – This Week on #StoryEmpire

Time to share this week’s always-fantastic posts from Story Empire. If you haven’t checked these out, be sure you do. It’s always worth a trip to see what they’re sharing this time around.

MONDAY:¬† Just published a new book and want to know more abourt blog tours and the like? Check out D. L. Finn’s post entitled New Releases and Blog Tours HERE.

WEDNESDAY: Craig Boyack shares a super post on story structure, entitled The Three Acts: Act 2, Part 1. Check it out HERE.

FRIDAY: And Harmony Kent wraps up the week with a great post entitled How to Write Point of View, Part 6, Common Pitfalls.  Check it out HERE.

And there you have it! Some great reading here!
Enjoy!

#ReblogAlert – Sally Cronin’s Smorgasbord Weekly RoundUp Post

Looks like Sundays are going to be my weekly roundup post days, folks. Seems like the last day of the week is appropriate for a weekly roundup, so I’ll give it a try.¬†

As always, be sure to take a look at Sally’s roundup post. With all she has going on over there, it’s pretty easy to miss something good, so stop by and check out what happened last week. You’ll be glad you did.

Check out Sally’s RoundUp Post HERE
Enjoy!

#ReblogAlert – This Week on #StoryEmpire

Another great week, as always, on Story Empire. If you missed any of the latest posts, head on over and check them out. You’ll be glad you did!

MONDAY:¬†Jan Sikes continues with her marketing series with #MKTG – Part 6 – Pinterest. Lots of good stuff to learn here on a topic that baffles many of us. Check Jan’s post out HERE.

WEDNESDAY: Gwen Plano gives us a very thought-provoking post entitled The Before and After of Writers. This one certainly resonated with me, and I’m sure it will with you as well. Check out Gwen’s post HERE.

FRIDAY:¬†Mae Clair’s post, Are You Ready? #NaNoWriMo, is an interesting¬† and fun perspective on all that comes along with taking part in this major writing challenge. You can check out Mae’s post HERE.

And there you have it once again, Folks: 
Another wonderful week on #Story Empire.
Enjoy!

#ReblogAlert – This Week on #StoryEmpire

Been a crazy busy week, complicated by everything from doctor’s appointments to major computer problems, and the difficulty of putting together a PowerPoint program for my Saturday talk amid it all. BUT. Here I am! Still at it, with things looking more hopeful for the week ahead. And I’m very happy to say, I’m able to do both of my weekly roundup posts today. First, here are the links to all three of the terrific posts over on Story Empire. If you missed any of these, do stop by to check them out. Always good stuff going on over there!

MONDAY: Throwing SHADE at Your Sentences is a wonderfully helpful post by Staci Troilo. So much to learn from this one and you can check it out HERE

WEDNESDAY: Five Ways to Know You are Doing Good Work on Each Writing Session by John W. Howell is exactly what it sounds like. A list of ways you can evaluate if your writing session is working as it should. Check it out HERE.

FRIDAY:¬† Character Types: The Extrovert byJoan Hall. It’s always a good idea to understand the personality type of your characters. Joan has shared some very interesting tips HERE.

Yet another week of wonderful posts on Story Empire. If you’ve missed any of these posts, do yourself a favor and head on over to¬† see for yourself how much you can learn there!¬†

#ReblogAlert – This Week on #StoryEmpire

I’m still in the process of getting back to all my regularly featured series, and today, I’m happy to say I’m picking up with sharing the week’s posts from one of my favorite blogs, Story Empire. And it’s been a good week, believe me. So for those of you who’ve never checked out this blog, or those of you who might have missed one of the posts this week, here are the links.¬†

MONDAY: How to Write Point of View, Part 5, Third Person Distant by Harmony Kent. Check out this very informative post HERE.

WEDNESDAY: Writing and¬† Fun! by D. L. Finn. This post is a great reminder that we really should enjoy the entire process of writing. You’ll definitely want to check it out HERE.

FRIDAY:¬† Three Act Structure: Act 1¬†by C. S. Boyack. As someone who’s never taken a writing class, I especially enjoyed Craig’s very informative and entertaining post on this topic.¬† Be sure to check it out HERE.

And there you have it! Another week of wonderful posts on Story Empire. I highly recommend stopping by to see for yourself just how informative and helpful these posts are. You’ll be glad you did!¬†

#ReblogAlert – Sally Cronin’s Smorgasboard RoundUp Post

Another wonderful, jam-packed week of goodies on Sally Cronin’s fabulous Smorgasbord blog. If you’re like me and can’t follow along every day, her roundup posts are a terrific way to see what’s been going on, and take a look at the articles most interesting or amusing to you.¬†

Check out Sally’s Smorgasbord RoundUp Post HERE
You’ll be glad you did!